Friday, November 29, 2013

Present position of Cadre Restructuring of CBEC

It is learnt that the Cabinet Note relating to approval of cadre restructuring proposal of CBEC  has been finally prepared/ approved  on 26.11.2013 by Cabinet Secretary. The date  for next cabinet meeting is yet to be  fixed. It is expected that CR of CBEC may likely to be approved in the next cabinet meeting.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Circular of ITEF on March to Parliament on 12.12.2013, CR and WWC

ITEF today issued circular providing the details regarding Following matters:

1.  March to Parliament on 12.12.2013 in pursuance of the Charter of Demands. The Confederation of CG Employees and Workers has called the March.

2. Implementation of Cadre Restructuring & Secretariat Meeting and

3. Working Woman Convention.

Read the full contents of the circular as under :-

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Implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Income Tax: Discussion in Video Conference on 28.11.2013

Today Video Conference of CBDT with CCsIT and DGsIT has been held on scheduled time. All the predetermined issues including issue of Cadre Restructuring were discussed. CBDT informed that reports of all subcommittees except Subcommittee for allocation of posts and jurisdiction have been received. It is also informed that this subcommittee will submit the report tomorrow i.e. 29.11.2013.

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Promotion from ITO to ACIT: As per the information received, most of APARs of ITOs coming in consideration zone have been received by CBDT. APARs of only 2 ITOs are pending. However, it is highly expected that DPC for ITO to ACIT will be conducted in the month of December 2013.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DPC for promotion to Grade of CCIT

CBDT today issued letters to all CCsIT(CCA) regarding Regular DPC for promotion to the grade of CCIT against the vacancies for the year 2013-14 and Supplementary DPC for the year 2012-13. List of 37 officers who are being considered for promotion is also enclosed with this letter. vacancy position is also enclosed with the letter. 

The said letter can be viewed here:

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Implementation of CR: Video Conference by Chairperson and Member, CBDT

A video conference on various issues including implementation of Cadre Restructuring is convened by CBDT with CCsIT and DGsIT on 28.11.2013 at 04.00 PM. Today CBDT issued an O.M. in this regard. View O.M.:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Pay commission could be notified over the next two months

Sources said that the the pay commission could be notified over the next two months or so, well before the model code of conduct for the general elections kicks in. Also, the Center is expected to give the panel enough time to prepare its report in the hope that the government would be a lot more comfortable vis-a-vis the fiscal deficit by the time the panel submits its report.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Income Tax Department: Querterly Review Meeting resheduled on 09.12.2013.

The Quarterly Review Meeting which was scheduled on 22.11.2013 is resheduled on 09.12.2013.

The Sub-committee for allocation of posts and jurisdiction has been asked to submit its report by 29th November. The manner of its implementation can be discussed and worked out in the rescheduled Quarterly Review Meeting on 9th December.

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ITEF, Hq has issued a circular in this regard. Read full details below.........

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Possible Terms of Reference (ToR) for the 7th Central Pay Commission

A meeting was held on 24.10.2013 at 3.00 PM in Committee Room No 190, North Block under the chairmanship of Dr S.K.Sarkar, Secretary DOP&T to discuss the possible Terms of Reference (ToR) for the 7th Central Pay Commission, which is going to be set up by the Government, with the representatives of the Staff Side of JCM.

New rule lowers HRA exemption claim limit..........

The central government has lowered the exemption limit for reporting the rent received. Salaried taxpayers claiming HRA exemption and paying a rent of over Rs 1 lakh per year have to give landlord's PAN (permanent account number). Till now, if the total rent paid was less than Rs 15,000 a month there was no need to submit the landlord's PAN details. The new rule effectively lowers the rent limit from Rs 15,000 a month to Rs 8,333 per month for claiming HRA exemption without making any disclosures.

Though incurring actual expenditure on payment of rent is a pre-requisite for claiming deduction under section 10(13A) of the I-Tax Act, it has been decided as an administrative measure that salaried employees drawing HRA up to Rs 3,000 per month will be exempted from production of rent receipt.

The new rule is aimed at people claiming HRA exemption for living in their own house. "It has to be noted that only the expenditure actually incurred on payment of rent in respect of residential accommodation occupied by the assessee subject to the limits laid down in Rule 2A, qualifies for exemption from income-tax," CBDT said in its circular.

HRA granted to an employee who is residing in a house/flat owned by him is not exempt from income-tax. "The disbursing authorities should satisfy themselves in this regard by insisting on production of evidence of actual payment of rent before excluding the house rent allowance or any portion thereof from the total income of the employee," CBDT said.

Source : ET

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DTC Bill in Winter Session : Provision of Fourth slab may introduce.......

The finance ministry on Wednesday said it is finalizing the official amendments to the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill so that it could be taken up in the winter session of Parliament beginning 5 December.

“We are working on the DTC Bill and want to bring it as soon as possible,” revenue secretary Sumit Bose said on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) summit.

The finance ministry is currently working on the official amendments to the DTC Bill which was tabled in Parliament earlier.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First India Women's Bank inaugurated : Information to know about the bank

Today Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the country’s first all-woman bank, Bhartyiya Mahila Bank(India Woman’s Bank) at the Air India Building in Nariman Point. With this inauguration, seven branches became operational across the country. The other six branches inaugurated through video-conferencing by the prime minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. With the inauguration of the bank in Mumbai, seven branches would become operational across the country including in Kolkata, Chennai, Ahemdabad and Guwahati.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tech News : Access Facebook on your phone without a data plan

India is estimated to jump over the US to become the second-largest Internet population by 2014, with the number expected to rise to 243 million Internet users.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Current position of Cadre Restructuring of CBEC

      The cabinet note for cadre restructuring has been signed by the FM. It is expected to be placed before the cabinet on 21.11.13 or 28.11.13.

      DG, HRD of CBEC vide F.NO. 8/B/154/HRD(HRM)/2013 Dt. 03.09.13 asked all CC’s to send the draft notifications for the reorganised set up alogwith jurisdictional map, projection of the requirement of office space & related infrastructure and updating of APAR’s/ACR’s of the officers under their respective charges. 

Income Tax exemption limit will be raised to 3 lakh, Introduction of Super rich Category

In a time when high inflation is blowing holes in pockets of consumers, if a relaxation is granted on tax deduction, consumers will definitely get a reason to celebrate. Well, Ministry of Law and Justice has approved the proposal to raise annual income tax exemption limit from 2 lakh to 3 lakh, reports DB correspondent.

The Direct Tax Code (DTC) draft will now be sent to Cabinet for approval. Thereafter, the approved draft will be introduced in Parliament. According to an official of Ministry of Finance, Parliamentary Committee has nearly agreed to the tax exemption limit under the latest draft of future DTC bill.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Objection raised by DOPT on Cadre Restructuring Proposal of CBEC : Financial Express

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has raised objections to the cadre restructuring proposal of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), delaying a resolution to the acute manpower crisis affecting the indirect tax administration, which is struggling to collect 20% more revenue from central excise, customs and service tax this year from a year ago. CBEC has a revenue target of Rs 5.6 lakh crore this fiscal, 46% of the Centre's gross tax revenue.

The annual growth in indirect tax collections has come down sharply since 2011-12. It is reckoned that in addition to the economic slowdown, the CBEC's human resource crunch has also hit the collection drive. CBEC's demand for more secretary-level posts and field officers to bolster its revenue collection drive is now likely to be referred to a committee of secretaries or to a group of ministers for further review instead of being placed before the cabinet for approval as expected earlier.

With 68,000 personnel at different levels, CBEC has only two thirds of its sanctioned strength at present. The tax research unit (TRU), a vital part of the CBEC, has about 12 vacancies at the moment. Officers said vacancies that arise from retirement are not being filled because the cadre recast proposal aimed at adding another 20,000 personnel was under consideration.
“To meet the fiscal deficit target, it is desirable to raise revenue, not cut productive expenditure. If revenue collection lags, public borrowing goes up,” said a person familiar with the development. The Centre will borrow Rs 4.84 lakh crore (net) this fiscal.

What has triggered a review is DoPT's questions on the proposal to promote non-IRS officers at the fag end of their career to IRS rank. CBEC had suggested creating about 4,000 temporary assistant commissioner-level posts to be filled by way of promoting group B (non-IRS) officers from the rank below.
Sources told FE that DoPT has pushed for creating more temporary AC posts to be filled through promotions will distort the government of India service rule that 50:50 ratio has to be maintained between directly recruited IRS officers (through the UPSC) and officers promoted from the cadre below.

The proposal was made by the Sixth Pay Commission heeding to the demands of group B non-IRS officers such as superintendents who join the service as inspectors but get only one promotion in their long careers. To avoid stagnation, they wanted the chance to retire as an IRS officer at the level of assistant commissioner.

“If we do not go ahead with the proposal, promotions from group B to group A will get affected. It will affect the aspirations of our group B officers. It is a ticklish issue that has cropped up now. If it goes to a group of ministers, a decision might take longer,” said an official privy to the development, who also held the DoPT’s view as a valid one needing careful handling.

The development is set to delay further the cadre restructuring of CBEC in the wake of the forthcoming national polls ahead of which a model code of conduct will limit the government’s ability to finalise and implement it.

Cadre restructuring proposal for the income tax department has already been notified and delays in the same for CBEC has put the indirect tax administration at a disadvantage. Sources said chief commissioners in the I-T department in large zones are designated as special secretaries now, unlike their counterparts in CBEC.

Also, unlike in the case of CBDT cadre recast, the Cabinet Secretariat had demanded an assurance from CBEC that it would meet the revenue targets for the year. Many field officers believe linking revenue collection performance with the cadre review was unfair. They also point out that senior officials in CBEC get secretary rank after putting in many more years in service than their counterparts in other central services.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

185 DCsIT promoted to JCsIT on regular basis

As many as 185 IRS officers are promoted from Deputy Commissioners of Income Tax to Joint Commissioners of Income Tax on regular basis. The said promotions are subject to the outcome of the judgement in SLP(C) No. 21339/2012 with IA No 2/2012 pending before Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in the matter titled Vikas Keraba Suryavanshi & Ors vs. UOI & Ors.

View the order below:

Monday, November 11, 2013

COC meeting of all associations of CBDT & CBEC regarding 7th Pay Commission

7th Pay Commission for Central Govt employees is going to be set up soon. It is required to submit a memorandum before 7th CPC for awarding appropriate pay and other benefits to the officers / staffs of department of Revenue. Therefore a meeting of COC of all associations of CBEC & CBDT is going to be held n 23.11.13 at New Delhi to discuss about submission of such memorandum.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Expected DA from January 2014 may be increased by 11% for Central Govt. Employees & Pensioners

All-India CPI-IW for September, 2013 rose by 1 point and pegged at 238. According to this increase Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees & Dearness Relief for CG Pensioner confirmed to be 100% from January, 2014. This increase and present economic scenario are making less possibility that the DA/DR for Jan, 2014 may not cross 100% or may stop at 99%. It is highly expected that DA from January 2014 may increase upto 10% to 11%.

            The Central Dearness Allowance is used to calculate with the help of last 12 months' All India consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (AICPIN-IW). AICPIN-IW is declared by Labour Bureau  Deptt., Government of India. The month-wise AICPIN is listed below:-

S.N.  Month                         AICPI

1       January-13                  221

2       February-13                223

3       March-13                    224

Friday, November 8, 2013

ITEF, AP Circle's Circular on Cadre Restructuring.

 ITEF, ANDHRA PRADESH CIRCLE, HYDERABAD circulated following details on All-India Working Committee of the ITEF held at Jaipur on 19 & 20th October, 2013:

The following issues were discussed in the all-India Working Committee meeting of the ITEF held at Jaipur on 19th and 20th October 2013. It was stated that the sub-committee of CBDT has agreed upon the following issues which the ITEF has time and again demanded:

1. The sub-committee of CBDT on cadre-restructuring at all-India level has discussed the issue of conversion of staff car drivers into TA / NS and agreed in principle. Proposals will be sent for making modifications in the recruitment rules of TA and NS to this effect.

2. The sub-committee of CBDT is also actively considering the absorption of daily rated workers in the cadre restructuring exercise itself. A positive decision is expected because many new MTS posts will be created in cadre restructuring.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Enjoy watching videos on VLC media player with Shortcut keys
Friends, we generally use VLC media player for watching movies or videos on PC. Here are some useful Short-cut keys/ controls while watching movies or videos on PC.........

♦♦. Most used

A                                        Aspect ratio ( change the picture size of                                                  videos)

F                                         Fullscreen

Space                                 Pause or play movie

V                                         Subtitles on/off (or s)

B                                         Audio track cycle

Ctrl+Arrow Up/                 Volume
Ctrl+Arrow Down

M                                        Mute and unmute audio

P                                         Play movie (from the very beginning)

S                                        Stop movie

Esc                                     Exit full screen mode

[+]/-/=                               Faster, slower, normal

C                                         Crop screen

G/H                                    Decrease subtitle delay /
Increase subtitle delay

J/K                                    Decrease audio delay /
Increase audio delay

Z                                        Change zoom mode

T                                        Show time

♦♦. Mouse actions

Double click                       Fullscreen

Scroll                                 Volume or Position (see settings)

Right click                         Local menu (play controls, audio/video)

♦♦ Movie Navigation

 Ctrl+D                               Open disc menu

Ctrl+F                                Open folder (browse folder menu)

Ctrl+R/Ctrl+S                    Advanced open file

Ctrl+O                                Open single file(s)

Alt+q or Ctrl+Q                 Quit VLC

By : Shivam Tiwari

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Charge-wise allocated strength in various grades in the income tax department as on 31.03.2009

There is no information received from any reliable sources regarding finalization of Region wise allocation of posts due to Cadre restructuring 2013 of Income tax department.

Only information received from the side of ITEF about the criteria for region wise distribution of posts. The ITEF is going to propose following criteria for distribution of posts: 

1.    Workload
2.   Revenue collection
3.   Stagnation
4.   Geographical Criteria or Muffasil.

Most of the proposals of ITEF with regard to Group ‘C’ cadre were accepted by the CBDT at the time of previous cadre restructuring of the department.

As process of implementation of cadre restructuring is on the way, many of visitors of ITian India are interested to know about the present allocation of various grades in the Income Tax Department. Following chart shows the Charge-wise sanctioned strength in various grades in the income tax department as on 31.03.2009. Visitors of ITian India are requested to point out the discrepancies found, if any, by commenting in comment box. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

20 interesting facts about Sachin Tendulkar

As Sachin Tendulkar is going to retire from Test cricket, here is some interesting facts about the Little Master.

1. Sachin Tendulkar is India's first active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

2. As an aspiring fast bowler, a young Sachin Tendulkar was rejected by Dennis Lillee's MRF Pace Foundation in 1987.