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Monday, January 23, 2017

Adhoc Promotion to PS Group-B Cadre

The following ASP(s) are promoted to PS Group-B Cadre on temporary and adhoc basis and allotted to the Region / posted as mentioned below vide Circle Office Memo No.ST/2-4(3)/2016 dated 23-01-2017:-

Sl No
Name of Officer
Present place of posting
Allotted to the Region
Posted on adhoc Promotion
Jagdish Dash
ASP(I/C), Khurda  
Bhubaneswar HQ Region
Dy. Manager, Postal Printing Press, Bhubaneswar
Sanjay Ku. Biswal
ASP(I/C), Phulbani Sub Divn
Sambalpur Region
Against ADPS, RO
L.N. Mishra
ASP(PG), CO, Bhubaneswar
Berhampur Region
Against Postmaster, Berhampur HO

Amended I-T law harsh, prone to misuse by taxmen: Experts

As the dust begins to settle on demonetization and the taxman hunts for unexplained money, there is a lurking concern among practitioners and senior levels of the tax office as to how harshly the new law would be used. 

Money borrowed from a friend, jewellery inherited from great grandmother, gifts, capital received by a small businessman, amount spent in daughter's wedding or in regular household expenditure can be questioned and taxed at a far higher rate if someone fails to offer a "satisfactory explanation" to the tax officer. 

Indeed, a person may have to cough up as high as 83% -- as against 35% in the past -- if the I-T department doubts such 'income' or 'expenses'. 

"We have discussed the matter among ourselves. It's a strong provision in the (Income Tax) Act and the department would find it handy in mobilising tax from black money. But there are chances that it may be misused," said a senior tax official in Mumbai which accounts for the highest direct tax collection. According to senior chartered accountant Dilip Lakhani, in a loan received the assessing officer can always question the credit worthiness of the lender or describe family jewellery (beyond 500 gms) as unexplained investment. 

The law to tax funds or investments whose source cannot be substantiated had always existed. But the law was changed post demonetization to empower the tax office to impose a significantly higher tax and penalty. Now, amid notices and searches by the department, fears are that the law may be misused. 

"Though the income tax amendment was bought in to penalize tax evaders who had deposited the demonetized currency to take shelter under section 115BBE of the Income-tax Act, 1961, in genuine cases, this section would become difficult to comply with. Unexplained deposits/credits can only turn into explained deposits/credits if source is clearly explained, which in several cases may become extremely difficult to do," said Amit Maheshwari, Partner Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP. Individuals rarely maintain regular books of account and may find tracing the source a very time consuming and difficult exercise, he said. 

The relevant parts of the I-T Act are: Section 68 (dealing with unexplained cash credit, which is applicable to loans, gifts and share capital); section 69A (unexplained money, jewellery or valuable items); 69B (unexplained investment); and section 69C (unexplained expenditure.) Once section 115BBE is invoked, then the income (which is under question) cannot be set off against any other loss for the year or carried forward. 

"The amendment prescribes penal rate of tax and is effective from April 1, 2016. The AO has been given wide subjective powers and the amendment could challenge the present government's objective to minimize harassment to taxpayers. The rate of tax should be brought down to 30%," said Lakhani. 

If one is able to establish unexplained deposits, loans, or investments, can the Assessing officer still not be satisfied, asks Mitil Chokshi Senior Partners Chokshi and Chokshi. "While every effort will be made by AO to determine identified credits as unexplained, assesses will try to prove otherwise by adequate evidences, by establishing the identity, capacity and genuineness," he said. 

Earlier, an assessing officer invoking Section 115BBE could impose a tax of 30% plus the surcharge; now, the tax payable will be 60%, along with 15% surcharge and 3% cess aggregating to 77.25%. In add, there could be a penalty of 10% of the tax - a total outgo of 83.25% for the assessee. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Preparation for Cadre Restructuring Proposal of IP/ASP cadre:- Information sought for by GS under RTI Act, 2005

Information submitted by Odisha Circle vide No.EST/RTI/2016  dated 08-12-2016.

1.                 Total Sanctioned strength of Assistant Superintendent Posts:-          71
2.                  Sanctioned strength of ASP Posts in Class I Postal Divisions:-          16
3.                  Sanctioned strength of ASP Posts in Class I RMS Divisions:- 05   
4.                   Sanctioned strength of ASP Posts in GPO having Class I status:-      Nil
5.                   Sanctioned strength of ASP Posts in HPOs having Class I status:-    Nil
6.                    Sanctioned strength of ASP Posts in Circle offices:-                      06
7.                    Sanctioned strength of ASP Posts in Regional offices:-                  04
8.                    Sanctioned strength of ASP in Sub-Divisions (Postal):-                  22
9.                     Sanctioned strength of ASP in Sub-Divisions (RMS):-          Nil
10.                Sanctioned strength of ASPs in Divisional Office (Postal):-              31
11.                Sanctioned strength of ASPs in Divisional Office (RMS):-               08
12.               Total Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts:-                    103
13.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts in Class I Postal Divisions:-29       
14.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts in Class I RMS Divisions:-    03
15.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts in GPO having Class I status:-Nil
16.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts in HPOs having Class I status:-Nil
17.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts in Circle offices:-               04     
18.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector Posts in Regional offices:- 05
19.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector in Sub-Divisions (Postal):-  66
20.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector in Sub-Divisions (RMS):-             06
21.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector in Divisional Office (Postal):-        18
22.                Sanctioned strength of Inspector in Divisional Office (RMS):-          01
23.                 No. of Class I divisions separately for Postal and RMS in the Circle:- Postsl-06,                       RMS-01
24.                No. of Class II divisions for Postal and RMS in the Circle:-    Postl-12, RMS-02
25.                No. of Class II posts in other than divisions i.e. GPO, Fgn post, CSD, PTC, RO, CO. etc.:- GPO-03 Posts, CSD-01 Post, PSD-01 Post, CO-07 Posts, RO-04 Posts
26.                No. of Dy. Supdt Posts attached in class I division:-                      Nil
27.                No. of Postal / RMS units/division headed by JAG / SAG cadre:-      07
28.                No. of NSH offices (incharge) from class I cadre:-                       Nil
29.                No. of NSH offices (incharge) from class II cadre:-                      Nil
30.                No. of NSH offices (incharge) from IP cadre under class I division:-01     
31.                No. of NSH offices (incharge) from ASP cadre under class I division:-01
32.                No. of NSH offices (incharge) from IP cadre under class II division:-Nil
33.                No. of NSH offices (incharge) from ASP cadre under class II division:-Nil
34.                No. of CBS CPCs whose incharge is from IP cadre:-                     Nil     
35.                No. of CBS CPCs whose incharge is from ASP  cadre:-                  Nil
36.                No. of BPCs whose incharge is from IP/ASP  cadre under class I division/unit:-02
37.                No. of BPCs whose incharge is from IP/ASP  cadre under class II division/unit:-Nil
Note:-         CS, Odisha had a long discussion with the GS on 20th January, 2016, regarding delay in submission of Cadre Restructuring Proposal. GS requires the consolidated information for a whole Circle as provided by Odisha Circle above. In most of the Circle the RTI application of the GS has been forwarded to the Divisions for submission of reply directly to the Applicant. It is becoming extremely difficult for the GS to compile the information as the informations are not submitted by many units, and whatever information some units have provided is not in uniformity. Submission of the Cadre Restructuring Proposal has already been inordinately delayed. Therefore, each Circle Secretary now needs to come forward and to pursue the matter at Circle level to ensure submission of consolidation information.   

Friday, January 20, 2017

Instructions on sealed cover procedure - where Government servant has been acquitted but appeal is contemplated/pending - clarification regarding.

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Summary of GDS report

Summary of GDS report            

1.   The minimum working hours of GDS Post Offices and GDS is increased to 4 hours from 3 hours. 

2.   The new working hours for GDS Post Offices will be 4 hours and 5 hours only.

3.   The Level 1 GDS Post Offices/GDSs will have 4 hours as working hours and Level – 2 will have 5 hours as working hours.

4.   The Point System for assessment of workload of BPMs has been abolished.

5.   The new wage payment system is linked to revenue generation of GDS Post Offices. Under the new system, there will be no increase in wagess of BPMs from Level-1 to Level-2 on the basis of workload but the same will be increased based on achievement of prescribed revenue norms which is fixed at 100% for normal areas and 50% for special areas which presently have 15% anticipated income norms.

6.   The GDS Post Offices not achieving the prescribed revenue norm within the given working hours will have to open GDS post offices for minimum of additional 30 minutes beyond the prescribed working hours.

7.   The GDSs BPMs will be paid Revenue Linked Allowance @10% beyond Level 2 wage scale if they will be successful in achieving revenue beyond prescribed norms

8.   The GDS Post Offices has been categorized into A,B,C and D categories based on the revenue generation norms. The GDS Post Office in A category will achieve 100% revenue. The Committee has recommended a set of actions for each category of GDS Post Offices.

9.   The six approved categories of GDS are subsumed into two categories only. One category will be Branch Post Master and all other 5 categories of GDSs are subsumed into one multi tasking category.

10.   The job profile of Multi Tasking GDS is expanded to include work such as Business Development and Marketing etc. Their jobs will no more be confined to their old designations. The Assistant BPM will assist BPMs for increasing revenue generation.

11. The GDSs working in the GDS Post Offices will be known as Assistant Branch Post Master (ABPMs) and those working in the Department Post Offices will be known as Dak Sevak (DS).

12. The minimum wage has been increased to Rs.10000/- per month and maximum to Rs.35,480/- per month.

13.   The rate of annual increase is recommended as 3%.

14. A composite Allowance comprising of support for hiring accommodation for GDS Post Offices as well as mandatory residence, office maintenance, mobile and electricity usage charges etc. has been introduced for the first time.

15. Children Education Allowance @ Rs.6,000/- per Child per annum has been introduced for GDS.

16. Risk & Hardship Allowance @ Rs.500/- per month for GDSs working in the special areas has also been introduced.

17. A Financial upgradation has been introduced at 12 Years, 24 years and 36 Years of services in form of two advance additional annual increases.

18.  The ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs.60,000 to Rs.5,00,000/-

19.The GDS contribution for service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) should be enhanced maximum up to 10% and minimum up to 3% of the basic wage per month, whereas the Department should contribute a fixed contribution of 3% of the basic wage of the GDSs.

20. The coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme has been enhanced from Rs.50,000/0 to Rs.5,00,000/-.

21. The contribution of Department in Circle Welfare Fund (CWF) has been increased from Rs.100/- per annum to Rs.300/- per annum.

22. The Scope of CWF is extended to cover immediate family members such as spouse; daughters, sons and dependent daughters in law in the scheme.

23. The Committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of financial grants and assistance in the Circle Welfare Fund.

24. The Committee has recommended addition of Rs.10,000/- for purchase of Tablet/Mobile from the Circle Welfare Fund in the head ” Financial Assistance from Fund by way of loans with lower rate of interest (5%)”.

25. Provision of 26 weeks of Maternity Leave for women GDSs has been recommended.

26. The wages for the entire period of Maternity Leave is recommended to be paid from salary head from where wages of GDSs are paid.

27.   The Committee has also recommended one week of Paternity Leave.

28. The Committee has recommended 5 days of emergency leave per annum
           Leave accumulation and encashment facility up to 180 days has been    

29. Online system of engagement has been recommended.

30. The maximum age limit of 50 years for Direct Recruitment of GDSs has been abolished.

31.Minimum one year of GDS service will now be required for GDSs for Direct Recruitment into Departmental cadres such as MTS/Postman/Mail Guard.

32.   Alternate livelihood condition for engagement of GDSs has been relaxed.

33.   Voluntary Discharge Scheme has been recommended.

34.   The Discharge age has been retained at 65 years.

35. The Limited Transfer Facility has been relaxed from 1 time to 3 Time for male GDSs. There will be no restriction on number of chances for transfer of women GDSs. The power for transfer has been delegated to the concerned Divisional head.

36. The ex-gratia payment during put off period should be revised to 35% from 25% of the wage and DA drawn immediately before put off.

37. The committee has recommended preferring transfer before put off duty.

38. The compassionate Engagement of GDS has been relaxed to give benefits to eligible dependents in all cases of death of GDS while in service.

Courtesy:- CHQ Blog