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Thursday, August 03, 2017

ITR filing deadline extended till 5 August: income tax department

New Delhi: The income tax (I-T) department said on Monday the deadline for filing income tax returns (ITRs) for financial year 2016-17 has been extended till 5 August.
On Sunday, a top official had said the last date for filing of ITRs will not be extended beyond 31 July deadline.
“The last date for filing of ITRs remains 31 July. There are no plans to extend this deadline. The department has already received over 2 crore returns filed electronically. The department requests taxpayers to file their return in time,” the official said.
The department has also issued advertisements in leading national dailies in the last few days stating that taxpayers should disclose their income “correctly” and file their ITRs on or before 31 July.
The linking of Aadhaar number with the PAN (Permanent Account Number) of a taxpayer has also been made mandatory for filing of an ITR, beginning 1 July.
The department has also asked taxpayers to declare cash deposits made in bank accounts aggregating to Rs2 lakh or more, post demonetisation between 9 November-30 December last year, in the ITRs.

On reports of the e-filing website facing some glitches, the official said that no major glitches have been reported with the department's e-filing website - http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/ - barring a few times when the portal was "interrupted for maintenance".

7th CPC Anomalies will be disposed before 15-2-2018 – DoPT Order

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 17th July, 2017

Subject: Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC-related anomalies by the Staff-Side, NC(JCM) and for their disposal by the National Anomaly Committee – regarding
The undersigned is directed to refer to the aforementioned subject and to say that in further partial modification of this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 5th May, 2017, it has been decided to extend the time limits for both receipt and disposal of the 7th CPC-related anomalies, as per the following details:
(i) The time limit for receipt of anomalies will stand extended by three months from 15.05.2017(as notified vide O.M. referred to above) to 15.08.2017; and
(ii) The time limit for disposal of anomalies will stand extended by three months from 15.11.2017 (as notified vide O.M. referred to above) to 15.02.2018.
2. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Source: NC JCM Staff Side

SB Order 07/2017 : Premature Closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) account - Clarifications

SB Order No. 07/2017
F.No 32-01/2016-SB(Pt.)
Govt. of India
Ministry of Communication
Department of Posts
(F.S. Division)
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
Dated: 24.07.2017
All Head of Circles/Regions
Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi
Subject : Premature Closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) account- clarifications.
The undersigned is directed to say that vide memorandum dated June 18, 2016 and subsequent corrigendum issued vide notification dated June 27, 2016, Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs (Budget Division) and SB Order No.11/2016 dated 04.11.2016 has permitted premature closure of a PPF account after completion of five year On specified grounds. However, such premature closure of a PPF account is subject to the condition that the  interest payable on a prematurely closed PPF account shall be at a rate which shall be lower by one percentage points that the rate applicable to the PPF scheme from time to time.
2. Ministry of Finance (DEA) (Budget Division) has been receiving reference from banks seeking clarification of the following points:
(1) Whether the requirement of payment of a fee of Rs. 50 for each year of default along with arrear subscription of Rs. 500 for each year for regularizing discontinued account prescribed in para 7(2) of the PPF Scheme, 1968 shall be applicable for premature closing a discontinued PPF account; and
(2) Whether the reduction of one percentage point in interest rate on premature closure of a PPF account which has completed 15 years and has been extended under para 9(3A) of the PPF scheme, shall be applicable from the date of extension of the account or from the date of initial opening of the account.
3. The matter has been examined by Ministry of Finance (DEA) (Budget Division) and the points are clarified as under vide memorandum F. No.3/2/2014-NS dated 07.07.2017:-
(i) The requirement of payment of a fee of Rs. 50 for each year of default along with arrear subscription of Rs. 500 for each year. Prescribed under para 7(2) of the PPF Scheme is for regularizing a discontinued account and is not applicable for the purpose of closing the account prematurely. Hence, the subscriber is not required to deposit either the fee of Rs. 50 for each year of default. or arrears of subscription for closing the account prematurely; and
(ii) If a PPF account that has already completed 15 years and has subsequently been extended under the provision of para 9(3A) of the PPF Scheme is closed prematurely before the completion of the current 5 year block period, the reduction in interest rate by 1 percentage point shall be applicable from the date of the commencement of the current 5 year block period and not from the date of initial opening of the account.
4. It is requested to circulate these changes to all concerned for information and necessary guidance. Same may also be placed on the notice board of all Post Offices in Public area.
5. This issue with the approval of Competent Authority.
Yours Faithfully,
(P.L. Meena)
Assistant Director (SB-1)

Source :http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=2458

State Bank of India (SBI) cuts interest rates by 0.5% on savings accounts ; current 3.5%

 The new interest rates on savings bank deposits will be come into effect from 31st July.
Now, for saving deposits balance up to Rs 1 crore, SBI will offer a rate of 3.5 per cent as compared to 4 percent earlier, the bank said.
However, for saving deposits balance above Rs 1 crore, rate of interest has been retained at 4 per cent per annum.
Banks were flushed with liquidity after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move last year. 
To promote digital banking, SBI had earlier reduced charges levied on Real-time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) transactions up to 75 per cent.
NEFT and RTGS are electronic money transaction mechanisms used to transfer money between two different bank accounts anywhere in the country.
State Bank of India had earlier slashed its one to two year deposit rates further by up to 40 basis points. Now the one year deposit with SBI will fetch you 6.75 per cent interest as against 6.90 per cent earlier.

Serving employees /Pensioners of Union Territories are not entitled to CGHS facilities.

Mandating Aadhaar linkage to PAN cards

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
01-August-2017 17:46 IST
Mandating Aadhaar linkage to PAN cards 
Permanent Account Number (PAN) is the key identifier of taxable entity and aggregator of all financial transactions undertaken by one person. One PAN for one person is the guiding principle for allotment of PAN. However, for achieving the objective of one PAN to one assessee it is required to maintain uniqueness of PAN. The uniqueness of PAN is achieved by conducting a de-duplication check on all already existing allotted PAN against the data furnished by new applicant. Under the existing system of PAN only demographic data is captured. Some instances are found where multiple PANs have been allotted to one person or one PAN has been allotted to multiple persons despite the application of de-duplication process based on demographic data. Linkage of Aadhaar number into PAN database will allow a robust way of de-duplication as Aadhaar number is based on biometric attributes of finger prints and iris images. Further seeding of Aadhaar will allow the Income-tax Department to weed out any undetected duplicate PANs. It will also facilitate resolution of cases of one PAN allotted to multiple persons.
As on 27.7.2017, 11,44,211 PANs have been identified and deleted or de-activated in cases where multiple PANs were found allotted to one person. Similarly, as on 27.7.2017, 1,566 PANs have been identified as ‘Fake’ which were allotted to either non-existent person or in the names of persons with false identities. In this regard, the PAN service provider carries out onsite verification of PAN applications to verify identity and addresses of the applicant and share the report of such verification to the concerned Assessing Officer. On receipt of such report the assessing officer also conducts enquires and mark the PAN as “Fake”. If information of allotment of more than one PAN is received, the facility to delete or de-activate the PAN is available with the Assessing Officer through application software. Further, during 2004 to 2007, an exercise for de-duplication of PAN was conducted in the Department to identify probable duplicate PANs, which were consequently deleted or de-activated by the concerned assessing officers after examinations.
This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Finance in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

UIDAI Introduce mAadhaar Mobile Android App to Carry your Aadhaar on Mobile

mAadhar is most convinent way to have your Aadhaar Card deatils along with you anywhere in India at anytime. According to UIDAI Mobile Android App mAadhaar helps Aadhaar holders can download from Google Play Store using official Link from the Authorities. Unique Identification Authority of India it helps holders to carry soft copy of their Aadhaar to anywhere anytime throught the India on Android App. mAadhaar Mobile Android App is official Application developed by the UIDAI uidai-maadhaar-mobile-android-app-download-google-play-store
Important things about mAadhaar Mobile Android App
  1. mAadhaar app asks for Pass word immediately after downloading and trying to open. Then we have to set up a password with 8-12 characters containing alpha numeric with a alpha capital along with special charactors
  2. An Aadhaar Profile can be downloaded only on mobile having registered mobile number linked with Aadhaar
  3. If your mobile is not registered with Aadhaar, please visit nearest Aadhaar Enrollment Centre
  4. There is no Manual entry provision because of Security cautions
  5. Users are advised not to navigate from mAadhaar while trying to get OTP through SMS. mAadhaar reads the OTP automatically once it recieved
  6. The mAadhaar app enables users to carry details of more than one Aadhaar card in the digital form. If any other member of your family has the same mobile number registered as yours with Aadhaar, you can also add his or her profile using the mAadhaar app. The app allows a user to add a maximum three profiles in digital form on a particular device.
  7. Once a user enables the Biometric Locking system, his or her biometric remains locked till the Aadhaar holder chooses to either unlock it (which is temporary) or disable the locking system.
  8. One Aadhaar profile can be active on only one device at a time. If you create a profile on another device by inserting the SIM in another device, the previous profile would become inactive and would be deleted from the older device whenever any operation is attempted within the mAadhaar app from that device.
  9. Sharing of QR code and eKYC data: A user of mAadhaar can share demographics-related information with service providers using the QR code, instead of manual entry.
  10. mAadhaar comes with TOTP or Time-based One-Time Password generation feature. Users can use this automatically generated temporary password instead of SMS-based OTP
  11. Click here to Download Mobile App for Aadhaar Card

Employment to Differently Abled

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
02-August-2017 15:20 IST
Employment to Differently Abled 
Section 34 of the “ The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” mandates every appropriate Government to appoint in every Government establishment, not less than four per cent of the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in each group of posts meant to be filled with persons with benchmark disabilities of which, one per cent each shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one per cent for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (d) and (e), namely:-
(a) blindness and low vision;
(b) deaf and hard of hearing;
(c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;
(d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
(e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilities.
Section 34 of the Act also provides that the reservation in promotion shall be in accordance with such instructions as are issued by the appropriate Government from time to time.
Promotions to the higher grades are made as per provisions of the relevant Recruitment Rules. In some of the Recruitment Rules, provisions exist for promotion either on the basis of seniority in service or through Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations. The candidates, who do not qualify the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination are promoted on the basis of their inter-se-seniority in the feeder grade.
However, in cases where the departmental promotion test is the only mode of promotion, proposal to give promotion on the basis of the seniority or merit in service alone is not under consideration.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question by Shri Chandu Lal Sahu in the Lok Sabha today.