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Monday, February 20, 2017

CHQ News:GS visits Directorate

GS and CHQ Treasurer visited Directorate on 16-2-2017 and 17-2-2017 and met with senior officers and discussed the following cases with them.

1.   Issue of final combined seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre for the year 2001 and 2002 and remaining years.

Directorate vide memo No. 7-1/2015-SPB-II dated 17/5/2016 has circulated draft All India combined seniority list of Inspector Posts for the year 2001 and 2002 and requested to intimate discrepancies noticed therein. Thereafter Directorate vide Memo No. 7-1/2015-SPB-II dated 09th June 2016 has again circulated revised seniority list to all HOCs with a direction to circulate among all the candidates for inviting comments/grievances. In response to above letters huge number of representations are said to have been received at Directorate and most of them are examined at SPB Division in the light of DoPT OM No. 28011/6/76-Estt (D) dated 24.6.1978 and 20011/8/2012-Estt (D) dated 04-03-2014. Now, file is under preparation for seeking clarification from DoPT. After receipt of clarification from DoPT, final seniority list will be circulated and thereafter on the same line, remaining years seniority lists will be prepared.

2.   Holding of supplementary DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B for the year 2016-17.

Directorate vide Memo No. 9-14/2016-SPG dated 09-12-2016 has appointed 105 Inspector Line Officers on regular basis in PS Gr. B cadre, but few circles have yet not implemented orders. Further few circles have not submitted the report on joining as well declination by the promote officers to SPG section of Directorate. Till date only 5 declinations are said to be received from officers. Directorate is going to remind all HoCs soon to submit clear report on joining / declination of officers and thereafter supplementary DPC will be convened.

3.   Issue of revised Recruitment Rules for the post of Assistant Manager in MMS and filling up of vacant post of Dy. Manager MMS.

RRs are said to finalised. Two posts of Dy. Manager MMS are vacant and it will be filed up soon.

4.   Inter Circle Rule 38 transfer cases of Inspector Posts cadre.

Most of the cases settled. Due to non availability of vacancies in few circles, the requests of the candidates are pending and these will be considered when vacancy occurs.  The individual candidate/s may take up issue through proper channel to Directorate. Their cases will be considered on availability of vacancies in the circle.

5.   Holding of periodical meeting with Hon’ble Secretary (Posts).

Agenda already submitted by Association. Reports from DDG (P) and Sr. DDG (Vig) awaited. Asked to write reminder.

6.   Clerical Assistance to Sub Divisional Head.

SPG Division has called for report from Establishment Division. The matter is under examination at Establishment Division.

7.   Declaration of result of Inspector Posts examination for the vacancy year 2015-16.

LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts (66.66%) departmental quota for the year 2015-16 was held on 22 and 23-10-2016 for 189 vacancies (OC-155, SC-26 and ST-8). The provisional key of the question papers was already published by the Department on India Post website and representation thereon if any was called for from candidates till 6-1-2017. Huge quantity of representations are said to be received from candidates. Department have already formed committee to examine all the representations received from candidates. The report from committee is yet to receive at Directorate. FINAL KEY will be expected thereafter. To clear all these exercise, minimum one month’s time is required.

8.   Declaration of result of PS Gr. ‘B’ examination for the vacancy year 2012-13 to 2015-16.

Many representations are received thereon and all these are under examination. To examine the representations received from candidates, department is going to form a committee who will examine the representations and give final report to Department. Thereafter FINAL KEY will be published on department’s website. It is told that there are many CAT cases registered at various benches and they stayed declaration of results till outcome. In one case stay is said to be granted till April 2017.

9.   DPC for holding of JTS Gr. A promotion for the year 2016-17 and repatriation thereof.

UPSC has raised query and same is being replied soon by the department. Earlier it was told that there were 11 vacancies but now there is chance to increase. The officers who have completed two years of service will only get repatriation to his/her parent circle. Spouse category cases are also said to be considered this time.

Many other pending cases related to cadre are discussed with the concerned officers. The case of cadre restructuring is also discussed at length and the officers have shown positive to our proposed proposal. The proposal is being submitted soon.

CHQ News:- Contempt Petition regarding upgradation of Grade Pay of Inspector Posts w.e.f 01.01.2006 ..... Updates

The copy of Affidavit filed by Mr  Abhay N Sahay (the representative of respondent) Under Secretary in the Implementation Cell,  Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance in reply to our Associations Contempt Petition and thereafter copy of Affidavit filed by Association (Petitioners/Applicants) are placed herewith for kind information of members.  In this contempt petition the petitioners are Shri Vilas Ingale, GS, Shri Permanand Kumar, ASP, PMU Postal Directorate and Shri Niranjan Kumar, IP, CEPT Mysore. On behalf all petitioners, Shri Niranjan Kumar who is 3rd petitioner has been permitted to file contempt petition. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Continuance in ad-hoc promotion in Junior Administrative Grade of IPOS Group 'A'

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Final Seniority List of Stenographer Grade-I as on 01.01.2011

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How to claim tax benefit on tuition fees under Section 80C


Sending kids to school has an inbuilt tax advantage for the parents as the tuition fee qualifies for tax benefit under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The amount of tax benefit is within the overall limit of the section of Rs 1.5 lakh a year. 

For tax purposes, the fee (amount) reduces the total gross income, and thereby the tax liability. Say, you fall in the highest income slab and pay not only a 30.9 per cent tax rate, but also Rs 80,000 a year as schools fees, the tax saved would amount to Rs 24,720 in that year 

Here's how to get the maximum benefit out of tuition fees

Are all institutions eligible? 
Tuition fees paid at the time of admission or anytime during the financial year to any university, college, school or educational institution based in India qualifies for tax benefit. 

What kind of education? 
It has to be a full-time education, including any play school activities, pre-nursery and nursery classes. The institution can be either private or a government sponsored one. 

What is not covered? 
At times, parents have to make payments, other than tuition fees, to the educational institutions. Payments like development fees or donation or capitation fees, etc., are not covered and do not qualify for tax benefit. Also, if you haven't paid the fees on time, the applicable late fee paid will not be eligible. 

Tax benefit for how many children? 
The benefit applies for the fees paid for up to two children. So if a couple has four children, both can claim tax benefit as both have a separate limit of two children each. 

Which parent gets the tax benefit? 
The parent who makes the payment gets the tax advantage. If both parents are working and pay taxes, both can claim individually up to the amount of fees paid. 

If both are working and want to take the benefit under Section 80C for the amount paid by them respectively, they can do so. So if the fee paid is Rs 2 lakh, of which the father has paid Rs 50,000, while the mother has paid Rs 1.5 lakh, both can claim the amount individually as per the payment made by them. 

As the upper limit for Section 80C tax benefit is Rs 1.5 lakh a year, see how much of that gets exhausted through tuition fees and then decide on further tax savers. While the tax benefit on tuition fees is incidental and helps you to save tax during the early days of your child's education, do not forget to create a long-term investment plan for his higher education. 

Estimate the amount needed for higher studies and create a savings plan towards that goal, preferably through SIPs in 3-5 equity diversified mutual funds scheme. To ensure that the goal is met, do buy adequate life cover, preferably through a pure term insurance plan.

Source:-The Economic Times

Selection of Group Leaders (PLI) in Odisha Circle

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Notification under Section 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 for identified schemes of DoPT

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Cabinet okays merger of SBI, 5 associate banks

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Seeking to create a global-sized bank, the Cabinet on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to the merger plan of SBI and its five associates, a step aimed at strengthening the banking sector through consolidation of public banks.

However, no decision was taken on the proposal to also merge the Bharatiya Mahila Bank with SBI.

The merger is likely to result in recurring savings, estimated at more than Rs 1,000 crore in the first year, through a combination of enhanced operational efficiency and reduced cost of funds, read an official statement.

"The Cabinet had earlier in-principle cleared the (merger) proposal. It had gone to the boards of various banks which have granted the approvals. The recommendations of the boards were considered today and the Cabinet cleared the proposal," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a post-Cabinet briefing.

The associate banks which will be merged with SBI are State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH).

"With this merger, the SBI, with all these five subsidiaries merging in it, will also become a very large bank, not merely from a domestic point of view but actually a global player in its very size," the minister said after the Cabinet meeting.

It will, Jaitley added, "certainly lead to far greater efficiency. It will lead to synergy of operations within these banks... it will cut down the cost of operations. The cost of funds itself will come down".

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved the introduction of a Bill in Parliament to repeal the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, and the State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956.

The acquisition of subsidiary banks of SBI is "an important step towards strengthening the banking sector through consolidation of public sector banks. It is in pursuance of the Indradhanush action plan of the government and is expected to strengthen the banking sector and improve its efficiency and profitability", the release added.

With the merger of all the five associates, SBI is expected to become a lender of global proportions with an asset base of Rs 37 trillion (Rs 37 lakh crore) or over USD 555 billion, 22,500 branches and 58,000 ATMs. It will have over 50 crore customers.

Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools

CBSE schools will have to use NCERT textbooks from the 2017-18 academic session. The move to make National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) study materials mandatory for all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools across the country is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country.

The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Union minister for human resource development Prakash Javadekar.

It is a welcome relief for millions of parents forced by schools to purchase textbooks from private publishers, often at prices 300-600% higher than the NCERT books.

senior HRD officials said NCERT has been directed to make all the textbooks available, in adequate numbers, through its 680 empanelled distribution vendors across the country by the last week of March, so that the April deadline for the 2017-18 academic session can be met. All the CBSE schools will have to raise their demand online on CBSE's website by February 22, 2017.

The MHRD decision comes after complaints by schools and parents about non-availability of NCERT books on schedule, and also by parents about schools selling expensive books by private publishers. "Many schools have book kiosks on their premises. As well as selling exorbitantly priced textbooks from private publishers, these shops sell 'bundle packs' that include pencils, erasers, and other stationery, which would cost a lot less for parents in the open market. We have also noticed that private publishers are sponsoring several school heads on junkets to countries like Switzerland," a senior HRD official said.

A CBSE official said that based on the mandatory disclosure of its schools, the board has an accurate estimate of the quantum of NCERT textbooks necessary for Classes I-XII for any academic session.

"We now know the number of students a school has class-wise, rather than section-wise. As schools raise their demand online, we will know whether they are requisitioning for adequate number of books. The numbers may vary, as March is also a month of admissions. But the schools are expected to factor this in their purchases. CBSE will also monitor the annual subscription by schools," the official said.

Source:-The Times of India

View: Budget 2017 does little to expand taxpayer base, salaried still bear brunt of taxes

Indian society is generally tax non-compliant - quoted by the Finance Minister during his Budget 2017 speech. He also shared following interesting data relating to tax returns filed by the individuals, during the year 2015-16: 
View: Budget 2017 does little to expand taxpayer base, salaried still bear brunt of taxes 
The more interesting aspect lies in subsequent observations. The FM quoted that, out of total 76 lakh individuals declaring income above Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, 56 lakh individuals are from salaried class. Hence, it is no secret that for the FM, the individuals drawing salary is most tax contributing category in this class. However, the benefit of reduced tax rate slab from 10% to 5% is unlikely to have any major incremental impact on the take home salary package of individuals. 

Further, the FM has proposed to recover the above tax foregone from the easiest target, i.e., honest taxpaying individuals falling in highest tax slab category. Instead, the welcome move could have been to attempt to bring in such people within tax bracket who do not pay tax at all despite of earning crores of agriculture income. Important to mention here is the fact that the agricultural income is exempt from tax which is earned by large population of India. 

Plight of salaried class 
The salaried class always struggled to own their own house and one ends up shelling out their large amount of salary towards interest payable on housing loan taken. The individuals owning one house property is anyway not given full benefit of interest paid which is restricted to Rs 2 lakh per annum. 

Whereas if the individual owns one additional house, he gets full deduction of interest against the let out value of the house property. Meaning thereby, an individual who is better off and capable of owning two houses was given more benefit that the individual who is more needy and trying to make ends meet in some manner. 

While the expectation was that, the full interest deduction (as currently available in case of let out properties) will be extended to such needy service class who own single house, the current budget proposal does completely reverse. 

It is proposed by Finance Bill, 2017, to restrict the deduction on account of loss from house property (which is mostly due to interest on housing loan) to Rs 2 lakh and balance unabsorbed loss from house property to be carried forward for subsequent eight years to be set off. It is highly unlikely that such carry forward housing loss will be fully consumed, since the housing loan generally continues for more than 10 years to 15 years. 

As if this was not enough, wait till you, understand below proposal. 

Individuals are now expected to deduct tax at source @ 5% from rent paid above Rs 50,000 per month and undertake compliance requirement (though attempted to be simplified). Hence, if the landlord is not willing to such arrangement, it is likely that finding house for rentals will be difficult, further, it may lead to part payments being made in cash, which will further add on to parallel economy. 

If the argument in favor of this proposal is to catch hold of the payees at source level, in this regard, an amendment to Rule 12BB of the Income-tax Rule, 1962 had already been introduced in the past where in the salaried class is required to report the PAN of landlord to their employer who in turn reports to the tax department in their withholding tax return

The above proposals are likely to: 
*Hit hard to the most tax compliant category, i.e., salary class; 
*Add to the parallel black economy; and 
*Hamper the housing sector hard. 

Hope the plight of most meek class of taxpayer is heard at the highest level. 

(By Nilesh Bhagat, Director, and Darshana Deshmukh, Deputy Manager, Deloitte Haskins and Sells LLP. Views expressed are personal.)

Source:-The Economic Times