Monday, June 1, 2015
NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE (NOC) IS NOT REQUIRED FOR GOVT EMPLOYEES TO OBTAIN PASSPORT
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar
New Delhi: No Objection Certificate (NOC) is not now a mandatory requirement for government employees to get a passport.
To streamline and check the undue delay in getting passports to the government employees, the Ministry of External Affairs has relaxed provisions for issue of passport and asked the government employees to attach the copy of prior intimation letter submitted by the government employees to their controlling authority before applied for passport.
The Ministry of External Affairs has recently issued an Office Memorandum No.VI/401/01/05/2014 making the ‘Prior Intimation Letter’ valid proof like ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ to obtain passport for government employees, public sector undertakings (PSU) employees and autonomous body employees.
Government employees, who applies for passport with ‘Prior Intimation Letter’, they do not need to police verification.
The above provision is applied for getting passport only not for VISA, the government employees are required to obtain ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ from their departments concerned for getting VISA from foreign embassies for travelling abroad as per CCS (Conduct) Rules and the instructions have been issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) from time to time.
INCOME TAX FORMS SIMPLIFIED, DATE FOR FILING RETURNS EXTENDED TO AUG 31
The finance ministry on Sunday came out with a new three-page income tax return (ITR) forms, in a corrective measure after facing strong criticism from public. The new forms no longer require mandatory disclosure of foreign trips and dormant bank accounts as mandated by the previous form. The new form can be submitted till August 31 this year instead of the regular July 31 deadline.
The new forms will be up on websites for e-filing from the third week of June since the government is yet to update the software with new proposed changes.
According to a finance ministry statement, the new forms — ITR 2 and ITR 2A — will have only three pages and other details will have to be filled in schedules, as per each individuals criterion and income.
The revenue department has also proposed to come out with a new ITR 2A form, which can be filed by an individual or HUF, who does not have capital gains, income from business/ profession or foreign asset/foreign income. This according to the government will cover a maximum number of tax payers.
On the major sticky issues like details and source of income of foreign trips and bank accounts, the government eased the disclosures sought earlier and said: "It is now proposed that only passport number, if available, would be required to be given in forms ITR-2 and ITR-2A. Details of foreign trips or expenditure thereon are not required to be furnished."
For information related to bank accounts the ministry has decided to ask information of only those dormant accounts which were operational during the last three years, from the filing year.
"As regards bank account details in all these forms, only the IFS code, account number of all the current/savings account which are held at any time during the previous year will be required to be filled-up. The balance in accounts will not be required to be furnished," the statement added.
Further clarifying for non Indian citizen individuals, the income tax department said that it is not mandatory for them to report the foreign assets acquired by him during the previous years in which he was non-resident and if no income is derived from such assets during the relevant previous year.
"Individuals having exempt income without any ceiling (other than agricultural income exceeding Rs 5,000) can now file form ITR 1 (Sahaj). Similar simplification is also proposed for individuals/HUF in respect of form ITR 4S (Sugam)," the statement added.
Following the controversy over the ITR forms for assessment year 2015-16, which sought details of bank accounts and foreign visits, the revenue department had put them on hold.
The ITR forms, which was notified last month by the CBDT for the current assessment year, had specific columns for banks accounts, IFSC Code, names of joint account holders and foreign visits, including the ones paid by companies.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKER
DISCUSSION IN THE NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING.
The meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today at Room No. 72 , North Block. Mrs. Mamatha Kundra, JS (E) Department of Personnel and Training chaired the meeting. The Staff side was represented by:
1. Com. M. Raghavaiah, Leader Staff Side, 2 Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, 3. Com. Bhosale (AiRF) .4. Com. Guman Singh (NFIR), 5. Com. K.K.N. Kutty(Confederation), Com. M.S. Raja ( Audit), Com. Srikumar (AIDEF)
The following issues alone were taken up for discussion at the meeting. The next meeting of the NAC will be held on 9th June, 2015afternnon, when the un-discussed items (12) of the agenda will be taken up. The Staff side also pointed out the need to reach finality on all issues included in the agenda of NAC.
Item No.1. Review of MACP where Grade Pay of Rs. 2000/- is not available like Railways: The official side stated that the demand was to bring the hierarchy based MACP which may not be acceptable as it would disturb the uniformity across the Departments. They also said that in the background of 7th CPC coming into being, no change in the scheme at this stage would be desirable.
Item No. 2. Grant of Addl. Pay to Loco and Traffic running Staff in Railways. After some discussions, it was agreed that the DOE will cause a reconsideration of the issue.
Item No. 3. MACP for personnel appointed under LDCE and GBDCE scheme in Railways. The official side agreed that under the ACP if the appointees under LCDE and GDCE have been treated as direct recruitment, the same might be treated in the same manner under MACP.
Item No. 4. Grant of minimum entry pay meant for direct recruits to promotees. The official side stated that unless logically it is established that the proposed stepping up is needed, the direction of the FM in the matter cannot be got reversed. There was serious discussion in the matter thereafter. The Staff side stated that the RPA rules promulgated after the 6th CPC recommendations were not in conformity with the Fundamental Rules on this issue. They also stated that having once agreed to a position; the official side cannot withdraw there-from under the JCM Scheme. They also stated that the course open to the official side was to present the case before the new Finance Minister. On behalf of the Staff Side, the Secretary informed the official side that a rejection of an issue on which agreement is reached will not be taking lying down by the employees. The Staff side also demanded that a meeting with the new Finance Minister be arranged so that they will be able to place this issue before his consideration.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Revision of the classification/upgradation certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for reclassification/upgradation of certain cities/towns on the basis of Census-2011, for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Transport Allowance to Central Government employees.
On the basis of the final population figures of Census-2011, two cities have qualified for being upgraded from 'Y' class to 'X' class and 21 cities have qualified for being upgraded from 'Z' to 'Y' class for the purpose of HRA. Six cities have qualified for being upgraded from "Other Places" to specified higher class for the purpose of Transport Allowance.
The revised classification of cities shall take effect from 01.04.2014. The impact on the exchequer on account of upgradation of 29 cities, would be approx. Rs.128 crore for the year 2014-15.
HRA and Transport Allowance are admissible to Central Government employees depending upon employees' Basic Pay (including NPA where applicable)/Grade Pay and the classification of the city/town where they are posted. The existing classification of cities/towns in different classes viz. 'X', 'Y' and 'Z' for the purpose of HRA and 13 specified cities classified earlier as 'A-1'/ 'A' and "Other Places" for the purpose of Transport Allowance, is as per the criterion recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission. The existing qualifying limits of population for classification for HRA purpose is 50 lakhs & above for 'X', 5 - 50 lakhs for 'Y' and below 5 lakhs for 'Z' class city. Transport allowance is payable at 'higher rates' in 13 specified cities classified earlier as 'A-1' / 'A' (that is those cities having population of 20 lakhs & above) and at 'lower rates' in all other places.
The classification of cities/towns for this purpose is revised on the basis of their population as reflected in the decennial census report. The existing classification of various cities/towns is based on 2001 Census figures. The criterion of population for this purpose has been followed as recommended by the Central Pay Commissions.
Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of House Rent Allowance
Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as "X"
Cities to be upgraded/re-classified as "Y"
Bokaro Steel City (UA)
Ujjain (M. Coprn.)
Vasai-Virar City (M. Corpn.)
Cities/towns to be upgraded on the basis of census-2011 for grant of Transport Allowance
Cities to be added for higher rates of Transport Allowance (i.e. which have population of more than 20 lakh to qualify for earlier classification as “A-1”/ “A” as stipulated in O.M. No. 21(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.8.2008):
Thursday, May 28, 2015
GUIDELINES ON COMPLETION OF APARS. (Click the link below for details)http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02eod/2_9_2015-EOACC-18052015.pdf
SPECIAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE TO FILL UP THE VACANCIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. (Click the link below for details)
EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER JUNE-2015
ONE YEAR OF MODI GOVERNMENT
DISAPPOINTING TO WORKING CLASS
Modi Government has completed ONE YEAR. Within this one year. No remarkable change or development is being seen. So many populous slogans and promises during election campaign and thereafter coming in power were made and people of India were hypnotized and got their Votes and formed the government with full majority and this happened after 30 years when a single party came in power with full fledged majority. Working class in general and salaried class in particular was very hopeful for “ACHCHHE DIN” (Good Days) and they were expecting D.A. merger, Interim Relief and raising in income tax exemption limit. But Government denied everything instead of giving any relief to the working class, all round attacks were started in several forms in the shape of Labour Laws amendments, attack on wages and lively hood of working class who create wealth for the nation and ban on recruitment in Central Government Services for one year, attack on social security rights doing away with the employees provident fund scheme and diverting a part of fund for speculation in share market doing away with ESI converting the same in to an insurance scheme under IRDA Drastic cut on social sector expenditure and allocation on welfare schemes like ICDS, Mid Day Meal, NHRM, MNREGA with the Motive of finally doing away with such pro-people schemes and programmes altogether.
A vigorous campaign has been launched to change the labour laws like Industrial Dispute Act 1947, Factories Act, Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition Act) and all wages related legislations etc, in favour of employers with the object to throw away the Working Class of country out of purview of protection under the labour laws and Completely dismantling entire labour law enforcement machinery,
Never before the Working Class has faced such a situation. This is the working class who create GDP to Nation and profits to employers.
In Central Government Sector also these attacks are being intensified. 100% FDI has been declared in Railway and 49% in Defence Production paving way for capitalists/corporates to enter in to these sectors. Disinvestment has been started in profit making public sectors like NTPC, NHPC, Coal India etc. and planning to disinvest all profit making sectors.
In Postal Department also there is danger of corporatization and privatization if the recommendations of Task Force Committee headed by Shri T.S.R. Subramanian are implemented. Though at present on account of stiff resistance by PJCA (NFPE/FNPO) the recommendations have not been implemented but these have also not been rejected by the Department of Posts and may be introduced at any time after changing the forms so we have to keep a vigilant watch over this.
Contrary to this all schemes and planning’s are being made to give benefits to Corporates /Capitalists by way of promulgating ordinances for decentralization of Coal mining sector, de-regularization of other Mineral resources through auction route totally being unconcerned about the lively hood of local and tribal peoples and forest dwellers.
The peasantry and agriculture workers are also worst suffers due to the policies of Modi Government. The prices of seeds, fertilizers, power, diesel, Water for irrigation have been increased many folds but the MSP of Wheat and rice has been increased by Rs.50/- per quintal only. The land of farmers will be snatched away without their consent in favour of capitalists and if the present amended land acquisition act is implemented
So based on the above facts, it is crystal clear that the policies of present Modi Government are totally in favour of Capitalists/Corporates and against the interests of Working Class . The hope of “ACHCHHE DIN” (Good Days) is now diminished and working class and common man of this country is disappointed.