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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission — bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 : Ministry of Finance Order


Suspense on higher allowances continues... cabinet did not take up the issue today

Central government employees will have to wait a while longer for availing benefits of the changed allowance rates as the Union Cabinet did not discuss the matter even in the second meeting this month. The proposals in this regard, which the Cabinet has to take a decision on, were not tabled for deliberation as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a trip to South Korea.
Jaitley left yesterday for a four-day visit to attend second annual Board of Governors meeting of the Asian InfrastructureInvestment Bank (AIIB). He will also pitch India as a favourable investment destination when he meets top brass of Koreancompanies like Samsung and Hyosung Group among others as 50 lakh central government employees await a decision on theallowance rates under the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
 
 The Cabinet was expected to decide on House Rate Allowance(HRA) rates also, the most talked about allowance of all, but did not in Jaitley's absence. The Finance Minister had received the consolidated proposals from the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) on June 1 for federal Cabinet's consideration, raising hopes of central government employees that good news is on the cards. But the matter has eluded the Cabinet for the second meeting.
Central government employees had been waiting almost for a year now for updates on allowances since the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on pay and pension were approved by the Cabinet. The pay panel had, however,recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.
The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended abolishing 53 of the 196 allowances, and subsuming 36 other allowances. It also recommended slashing the House Rent Allowance (HRA)--for metros, commission recommended bringing down the HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent.
The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended the rate of House Rent Allowance (HRA) be kept at 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.
Government employees protested the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, following which the Narendra Modi-government formed a Committee on Allowances under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review the suggestions. It was constituted in July and after an extended deadline was asked to submit its report to the government by February 22, 2017. The review report was finally submitted in April this year.
The report was then forwarded to the Empowered Committee for consideration and consolidation which, in turn, submitted it to Jaitley. He is now expected to present the same before the Cabinet for the final nod.
Source:Business Today

Centre To Open 800 Passport Service Centres In Head Post Offices

"150 post office passport seva kendras are being opened this year and within two years all the 800 head post offices in all the districts would be in place," said minister of state for External Affairs V K Singh.
BHUBANESWAR:  The Centre has decided to open passport service centres in all the 800 district head post offices across the country in two years' time to increase people's access to the facility, especially in remote areas.
Making the announcement here today, minister of state for External Affairs V K Singh said, "150 post office passport seva kendras are being opened this year and within two years all the 800 head post offices in all the districts would be in place."
"We have decided to ensure that no citizen is made to travel long distances for a passport. People in far-flung areas of the country find it difficult to obtain passports and redress passport-related grievances," Mr Singh said.
 
The step has been initiated through a joint effort by the ministry of external affairs and the department of posts to deliver passport-related services to the people.
Passport seva kendras have already been launched in several district head post offices in various parts of the country.
"It has been decided to utilise head post offices as front offices for rendering passport services under this novel programme," he said.
The government has decided to scale up the programme following successful operationalisation of two pilot projects taken up initially.
Apart from expanding the passport services and giving a wider reach, procedures for obtaining passports have also been substantially simplified, the minister said.
"In addition, the entire process of getting passports has been made transparent, while middlemen and dalals have been done away with," Mr Singh said.
The step has been initiated through a joint effort by the ministry of external affairs and the department of posts to deliver passport-related services to the people.
Passport seva kendras have already been launched in several district head post offices in various parts of the country.
"It has been decided to utilise head post offices as front offices for rendering passport services under this novel programme," he said.
The government has decided to scale up the programme following successful operationalisation of two pilot projects taken up initially.
Apart from expanding the passport services and giving a wider reach, procedures for obtaining passports have also been substantially simplified, the minister said.
"In addition, the entire process of getting passports has been made transparent, while middlemen and dalals have been done away with," Mr Singh said.
The former Army chief, who participated here at the 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' programme to mark the completion of three years of Narendra Modi government, also held discussion with ex-Army officials during an interactive programme.

Promotion and Posting in the JTS Group 'A' cadre on ad-hoc basis : Andhra Pradesh Circle


How to prepare and file ITR completely online

People with salary income who are eligible to use ITR 1 or ITR 4 form can file their tax return completely online via the income tax e-filing website without having to download any form/software. 

Using this method, a person can fill the form online by entering the relevant information and finally submit it online as well. 

This step by step guide will help you do the same. 

1. Visit the e-filing website: https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/ 

2. If you are a first time user or filing your returns for the first time then click on the 'New Registration' tab and register yourself by providing relevant details and creating your profile and password. While creating your user ID, you must ensure that you have an active e-mail id and mobile number and it is mentioned correctly. 


It is important as communication by the department will be sent on this. Registration will be completed by clicking activation link sent via email and providing one-time password (OTP) received on the mobile. Click on the 'Registered user' if you have already registered yourself on the website. For any assistance, one can click on 'Customer care tab' to get the helpline number and call the customer care centre. 



3. Next click on login tab and enter the required details: your user ID i.e. your PAN, password, date of birth (mentioned on the PAN card) and captcha code. Click on log-in button at the bottom to sign in. 


4. After signing in, your account dashboard will open up as shown in the picture below. Click on the 'e-file' tab and select the 'Prepare and submit ITR online' option. 


 
5. Next, select the relevant form and assessment year for which the return has to be filed. Here taxpayer can pick his address either from the PAN database, from previously filed return or fill in new address. The department here asks you whether you want to digitally sign your return. If selected 'Yes', you are required to upload your signature which needs to be pre-registered at the income tax website. 

 

6. Click on the 'Submit' button and the website will redirect you to the page for filling the form selected by you. Before starting to fill the ITR form, one should read the 'General Instructions' given at the start of the form to know do's and don'ts. 

7. After that you will be asked to fill in required information in different tabs i.e. General information, Income details, Tax details and taxes paid in the ITR form. One should ensure that the Tax payable shown in the online form matches your calculations. 

 

8. Before making a final submission, it is advisable to save the data entered and recheck it to avoid any mistakes. Once 'Preview and Submit' button is clicked, your form will appear allowing you a preview of your ITR form before final submission is made. 

9. Once the 'Submit' button is clicked, your ITR will be uploaded and you will be asked to verify your return using any of the options available. 

10. If you have already registered your digital signature, you will be asked to upload the same while submitting your ITR at the final step. Once it is uploaded and submission has been made, process of ITR filing is completed and no further verification is needed. You will not be required to send acknowledgement/ITR V in physical to CPC, Bengaluru. 

11. However, if you do not have/haven't uploaded the digital signature while filing the return, then you can verify your return either electronically using Aadhaar OTP or Electronic Verification Code method or by sending a signed print out of the ITR V to CPC, Bengaluru within 120 days from the date of e-filing. 

12. An Acknowledgement/ ITR V will be simultaneously sent to you on your registered email ID once your return is successfully uploaded. This acknowledgement will also show up in your account on the e-filing website from where you can download it if required. 

13. The department will process your ITR once you verify it. After your ITR is processed, you will be intimated about the same via mail and sms on your registered mobile number. 

Source:-The Economic Times