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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Bunching of stages in the Revised pay structure in the grade of Assistant Section Officers

F.No.7/1/2017-CS-I(A)(Pt.)
Government of India
Department of Personnel & Training
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi – 3
Dated 27.02.17
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Bunching of stages in the Revised pay structure in the grade of Assistant Section Officers — Reg.
DoP&T has been receiving many references from various Ministries/ Departments seeking clarification on the issue of grant of bunching to Assistant Section Officers of Central Secretariat Service in terms of Department of Expenditure’s O.M. dated 07.09.16.
2. It has also been noticed that there have been divergent views on the matter that while some Ministries/ Departments have given the benefit on their own, some other Ministries/ Departments have sought clarifications on various issues they are facing while giving the benefit of bunching in terms of DoE’s O.M. dated 07.09.16.
3. The matter has been taken up for further clarifications with Establishment Division/ Department of Expenditure briefly on the following issues:
i. While the Seventh Pay Commission had not prescribed different modes of pay fixation for Direct Recruit (DR) and Promotee ASOs, there have been two different modes of pay fixation for DR and Promotees prior to implementation of Seventh pay Commission. Due to differential methods of pay fixation, required differential of 3% is not calculable based on seniority alone as the other relevant facts of being DR/Promotee comes into play here.
ii. The manner of different pay fixation for DR ASO and promotee Assistants has been challenged in various court cases (viz. OA No.2147/2015, OA No. 150/2016, OA No.1015/2013 and OA No.476/2015 etc.)
4. It has already been decided to consult Department of Expenditure through Establishment (PEW) in the matter and same is under examination. Therefore, to ensure uniform implementation of Department of Expenditure’s instruction, all the Ministries/ Departments are advised to wait for further instructions with regard to grant of bunching benefits to ASOs of CSS and also if orders have already been issued by any Ministry/ Department, the same may not be given effect till further instructions.
5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.
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(K.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

Fake rent receipt won't help you lower tax burden anymore

For as long as anyone can remember, producing fake property rent receipt, often from parents and relatives, has been an easy way to lower tax burden. Such cavalier disregard for tax rule was overlooked by most employers as well as taxman, who possibly felt it was a minor transgression. Perhaps, not anymore. 
The income tax department now has good reason to insist on proof from the tax payer showing that he is indeed a genuine tenant, staying in the property in question. 
A salaried employee receiving 'house rent allowance' from the employer could escape paying tax on at least 60% of this amount by generating sham rent receipt.
However, according to a recent tribunal ruling, the assessing officer can now demand proof — such as leave and licence agreement, letter to the housing co-operative society informing about the tenancy, electricity bill, water bill etc. — in allowing a lower taxable income as computed by a salaried employee. 
"The ITAT (Income Tax Appellate Tribunal) ruling has now laid down the criteria for the assessing officer to consider the claim of a salaried employee and if necessary question its justification. This will put the onus on the salaried class to follow the rules in availing the tax rebate," said Dilip Lakhani, senior tax advisor, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP. 

Understandably, none of the required documents are available with salaried employees submitting fake rent receipts. There may not be any actual rent outflow from the person as he may be staying in his family home and collecting a receipt signed by his father. Even if a person is a genuine tenant, the amount mentioned in the receipt may be more than what's paid. This will not pose a problem if the person receiving the rent is outside the tax net. There are several instances where a person may be staying separately but claiming to pay rent to a relative owning another property in the same city; or, one of member of the family claiming a loan repayment deduction while another submitting a false rent receipt to evade tax. 
Given the widespread practice of paying tax on only a small slice of HRA, it's unclear how far tax officials would go in questioning such claims and pinning down salaried employees. 
However, ITAT Mumbai's decision to strike down the HRA exemption claim of a salaried individual for rent paid to her mother could set a precedent. "Technology and stricter reporting system may make it easier for the (income tax) department. For instance, there was a time when many never bothered to pay tax on interest earned from bank fixed deposits. Today, it’s almost impossible. In case of HRA exemption, the assessing officer may crosscheck whether the address mentioned in the ITR form is the same as the property on which rent is paid," said a tax officer. 
The Tribunal ruling comes a few months after the government's decision to cap the loss on property bought with borrowed money. Till now, a person paying an interest of, say, Rs 3 lakh on a loan (he took to buy the property) and earning Rs 1.2 lakh as rent could show the difference of Rs 1.8 lakh as 'loss' and set it off against salary income to pay lower tax. 
In the last Union budget it was laid down that such losses for an individual tax payer cannot exceed Rs 2 lakh.
Source:-The Economic Times

Women's day special interview by Ms.Sharada Sampath PMG,Western Region, Tamil Nadu


Postinfo v1.6 - Official India Post Android Application Released by CEPT



CEPT Releases it Next version Android Application of PostInfo an India Post Official Android Application to the Customers and Official to access all the information in India Post.
The Post Info v1.6 was released by CEPT on 04.04.2017 which is now available in Google Play Store. you can update to the newer if you already installed in your mobile or Install freshly from Google Play Store.
Click below link to download 




Allowance Committee Meeting will be held on 6.4.2017

 

No.AIRF/Committee on Allowance
Dated: April 3, 2017
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Comrades!

Sub: Meeting of the Committee on Allowances

It has been informed by the Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), Com. S.G.Mishra, that, meeting of the Committee on Allowances will be held on 06.04.2017.

Probably this may the conclusive meeting.

As all of you are aware that, after 28th March, 2018, lots of efforts have been made by the Secretary, Staff Side(JCM), to pursue the Government of India regarding resolution of long pending demands of the CGEs with the Cabinet Secretary, Hon’ble MR and various Secretaries of the Government of India, Members of various committees.

For General Secy/AIRF

Source: AIRF

Fixation of pay in case of employees who seek transfer to a lower post under FR 15(a)- Clarification regarding.




Online GDS Recruitment Notification out for 256 Posts to the Jharkhand Circle | Apply Online through India Post

Posts: GDS
Circle : Jharkhand
No of Posts : 256 Posts
Important Dates :
Application online Submission Start Date: 04/04/2017
Application online Submission End Date: 03/05/2017
Click below link to download the notification

Notification for Circle Wise GDS Vacancies in IndiaPost - GDS Online Recruitment

Notification for Circle Wise GDS Vacancies - GDS Online Recruitment




S.No
Circle/State
Vacancies
1
Andhra Pradesh
1126
2
Assam
0
3
Bihar
0
4
Chattisgarh
0
5
Delhi
0
6
Gujarat
0
7
Haryana
0
8
Himachal Pradesh
391
9
Jammukashmir
0
10
Jharkhand
256
11
Karnataka
0
12
Kerala
0
13
Madhya Pradesh
1859
14
Maharashtra
0
15
North Eastern
0
16
Odisha
1072
17
Punjab
0
18
Rajasthan
1577
19
Tamilnadu
0
20
Telangana
645
21
Uttar Pradesh
0
22
Uttarakhand
0
23
West Bengal
0

* Some of the Circles the Notification not yet done

Postal Savings Schemes with Rate of Interest with effect from 01/04/2017 - Ready Reckoner

Postal Savings Schemes with Rate of Interest with effect from 01/04/2017
INSTRUMENT
RATE OF INTEREST W.E.F
01-04-2017
TO
30-06-2017
Frequency of compounding
Minimum deposit
Maximum deposit
Maturity amount
Savings Deposit - SB
4.0
Annual
Rs.50/-
No limit
-
1 year TD
6.9
Quarterly
Rs.200/-
No limit
For Rs.10000 →Rs.10708/-
2 year TD
7.0
Quarterly
Rs.200/-
No limit
For Rs.10000 →Rs.11437/-
3 year TD
7.2
Quarterly
Rs.200/-
No limit
For Rs.10000 →Rs.12219/-
5 year TD
7.7
Quarterly
Rs.200/-
No limit
For Rs.10000 →Rs.13963/-
5 year RD
7.2
Quarterly
Rs.10/-
No limit
For Rs.100 → Rs.7232/-
5 year SCSS
8.4
Quarterly  and paid
Rs.1000/-
Rs 15 lakhs
For Rs.100000 → Rs.2100/-
5 year MIS
7.6
Monthly INT paid
Rs.1500/-
Rs 4.5 lakhs for single
Rs. 9 lakhs for joint
For Rs.15000 → Rs.95/-
5 year NSC
7.9
Annual
Rs.100/-
No limit
For Rs.10000 → Rs.14625/-
15 years PPF
7.9
Annual
Rs.500/-
Rs 1.5 lakhs
-
9 years 5 months KVP
7.6
Annual
Rs.1000/-
No limit
Amount doubled
15 years SSA
8.4
Annual
Rs.1000/-
Rs. 1.5 lakhs
-