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Monday, July 31, 2017

Rs 200 to be issued soon: Minister of State for Finance

With rumours of the Centre planning a withdrawal of the newly-introduced Rs 2,000 note doing the rounds, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said there was no news of its scrapping, adding the Rs 200 note will be in circulation soon.
"No news that Rs 2,000 will be scrapped," Gangwar told IANS in an interview.
"The reduction in printing of new Rs 2,000 notes is a separate issue. But that needs to be confirmed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). RBI will give information on Rs 2,000 notes," he added.
According to media reports, the government has stopped further printing of the recently printed Rs 2,000 notes.
On July 26, the issue was raised in Parliament when the opposition asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to confirm if the government was going to "demonetise Rs 2,000 notes" and if its printing had been stopped. The Minister had declined to reply.
Industry experts said the government was aiming to limit the circulation of high denomination Rs 2,000 note, which would remain a legal tender, but not demonetise it. The circulation of smaller denomination notes would be increased by introducing a new Rs 200 note.
Gangwar told IANS that Rs 200 note, printing of which had already begun, would be in circulation soon. The move to introduce Rs 200 note was to increase the circulation of smaller denomination notes, he added.
A top government official, on condition of anonymity, told IANS that the Rs 200 note would be introduced in the markets in August.
"The paper for Rs 200 notes was ready in the Mysuru paper mill in June. It should be in circulation next month," the official said.
The Mysuru paper mill is joint venture of Security Printing and Minting Corp of India Ltd (SMPCIL) and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran, a wholly-owned subsidieary of RBI.
The Rs 200 new note was being printed in the RBI printing press. India has four currency note printing pressess -- two RBI presses at Mysuru (Karnataka) and Salboni (West Bengal) and two Security Printing and Minting Corp of India Ltd (SMPCIL) presses at Nashik (Maharashtra) and Dewas (Madhya Pradesh). SPMCIL is a public sector unit.
Lauding the introduction of Rs 200 note, a State Bank of India (SBI) report recently said that it would serve as the "missing middle".
"It seems that there has been a significant move towards relocating distribution of currency towards smaller denominations post demonetisation. However, while such a move is laudable and consistent with the long term vision of a less cash economy, we need to consider the following issues.
"Though the number of small denomination notes has increased, the mismatch caused by the presence of Rs 2,000 denomination straight after Rs 500 denomination is causing difficulties in exchanging the high denomination notes," the SBI Ecowrap report noted.
Source:-The Times of India

7th CPC – Revision of Pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc- Procedural actions for revision.

Implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission : DoP Order

File ITR by July 31, no extension proposed: Income Tax Dept

New Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) The last date for filing of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17 will not be extended beyond tomorrow's deadline, a top official today said.
"The last date for filing of ITRs remains July 31. 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.
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".
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 July 31.
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 July 1.
The department has also asked taxpayers to declare cash deposits made in bank accounts aggregating to Rs 2 lakh or more, post demonetisation between November 9-December 30 last year, in the ITRs.
The ITRs to be filed by July 31 pertain to 2016-17 fiscal or assessment year 2017-18.

e-Book issued by Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA)

To view the copy of e-Book (June 2017 issue) published by RAKNPA, please CLICK HERE.   To turn the page, please CLICK at the bottom of right side page, so that next page will be opened automatically and to go back to previous page, click on bottom of left page. 

To view the copies of the previous months, please CLICK ON FOLLOWING.   

MAY 2017    APRIL 2017      MARCH 2017     

RAKNPA is issuing e-book every month and its copies can be viewed on cover page of India Post website. 

All members and track-in-viewers are requested to view the e-Book published by RAKNPA. It is very informative and useful. 

Employment News : 29 July to 4 August 2017


Name Of Post : Senior Residents
No.of Vacancies : 243
Last Date :30 days after publication
Name Of Post : Constable (Tradesmen)
No.of Vacancies : 303
Last Date :07.09.2017
Name Of Post : Tradesman Mate and Fireman
No.of Vacancies : 323
Last Date :21 days after publication
Name Of Post : Office Assistant, Technical Assistant Technician, Hospital Attendant Grade III
No.of Vacancies : 315
Last Date :06.09.2017
Name Of Post : Watchman
No.of Vacancies : 271
Last Date :21.08.2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Special Postal cover release on Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam memorial on 27.07.2017.

Special Postal cover release on Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam memorial on 27.07.2017  Tribute to the missile man.

Abolishment of Sumptuary Allowance – DoPT issued Orders

No.17014/2/2014-Trg.(7th CPC)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Block-IV, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi.
Date: 25th July, 2017

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission – abolishment of Sumptuary Allowance.
Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government conveyed vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated July 6, 2017, the President, in supersession of all existing orders issued on the subject from time to time, is pleased to decide that Sumptuary Allowance in all the Training Establishments/Academies/Institutes stands abolished.
2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.
3. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General.
(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India.
Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

Attestation of documents by Gazetted Officers

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
27-July-2017 18:37 IST
Attestation of documents by Gazetted Officers 
As a part of simplification of procedures, the Central Government had issued advisories to all States / UTs to do away with the requirement of taking affidavits for executive level jobs and for allowing self certification of certificates in a phased manner. Action in this regard is to be taken by States/ UTs. Further, as per the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP), notification is mostly used for notifying the promulgation of statutory rules.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri Anubhav Mohanty in the Rajya Sabha today.

Family pension for mentally retarded or physically handicapped dependents

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
27-July-2017 18:35 IST

Family pension for mentally retarded or physically handicapped dependents 
The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 already provide for grant of family pension to mentally retarded/physically handicapped children of retired Government employees after completion of twenty-five years of age if their income is less than the minimum family pension under these Rules and the dearness relief admissible thereon as announced from time to time. The minimum family pension under these Rules is Rupees 9000/- per month with effect from 1st January, 2016.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri Rajkumar Dhoot in the Rajya Sabha today

Last minute checklist for filing income tax return

With only four days left for the deadline for filing income tax returns to expire. Here's a checklist to help you file your ITR successfully. 

Keep required documents handy 

The most important thing to start with ITR filingis getting the required documents together. Documents you would need would vary depending on the types of income you have. 

Documents commonly required (depending on your situation) include: Form 16 from your employer, Interest statement for interest earned on savings bank account and fixed deposits, TDS certificates, Proof of various deductions (80C to 80U) to be claimed, statement of Interest paid for home loan etc. 

Switched jobs? TDS certificate or Form 16 from previous employer is needed 

If you have switched jobs in the last financial year, then you must have received two Form 16 this year - one from current employer and one from the previous one. Most people find it difficult to deal with 2 Form-16s as they find it confusing to figure out how much is total TDS deducted etc. 
Matching TDS certificates with Form 26AS 

Most salaried employees receive salary from employers after tax is deducted. To ensure that every TDS instalment deducted from your salary is deposited in government's account on your behalf by your employer, you must match the amount mentioned in TDS certificate with that of Form 26AS. 

Form 26AS is the annual tax credit statement reflecting all the taxes deposited under your name. 

Paying all dues before filing ITR 

Before filing ITR, you must ascertain the total amount of tax to be paid by you. Once you have correctly determined the total amount of tax you, you need to subtract TDS from this total and then pay the balance. The balance tax payable can be paid using net-banking facility of your bank or by visiting the bank branch and paying taxes using Challan. 

Once you have paid your dues, ensure that the tax paid is reflecting in Form 26AS too. However, it is to be mentioned that normally as the deadline for ITR filing nears there is a gap of several days between the date of tax payment and the date by when it starts reflecting in the Form 26AS. 

Getting the ITR form correct 

Make sure you file your tax return using correct form applicable to you as otherwise it would be treated as a defective return. If you file ITR using the wrong form for you, you might receive notice under section 139(9) from the department asking you to file ITR again within the stipulated time. 

If you fail to file revised ITR within the given time, then it will be treated as if you never filed the ITR. 

Reporting all interest incomes 
As a taxpayer, it is your duty to report all the interest incomes earned by you in the previous year - in this case financial year 2016-17 - while filing ITR. Many people tend to forget mentioning the accrued interest earned on fixed deposits linked to bank lockers, recurring deposits, or interest earned on savings bank account. 

Remember that for interest earned on bank savings accounts you can claim a deduction up to Rs 10,000 under section 80TTA. 

Tax exempted income details in ITR 

Income exempted from tax such as interest earned from PPF account or tax-free bonds etc. must be reported in your ITR under the 'Exempt Income' schedule. 

Also remember that the last budget has made it mandatory for you to file ITR even if your total income plus exempted long term gains exceeds the minimum exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh. 

Verifying the ITR 

The last step to complete the process of filing the ITR is verifying the uploaded return. Your return won't be considered 'Valid' until it is verified by you. The I-T department has made the process of verifying ITR easier by offering 6 ways to verify your return including using Aadhaar OTP, net-banking. 

Filing the ITR before deadline 

Filing ITR before the deadline has an utmost importance as by doing this you ensure that you do not lose certain benefits. It is also advisable to develop this habit as starting next year there will be late filing fee, maximum up to Rs 10,000 if return is filed after the notified deadline. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ms. Neelam Sanghi, IRAS:1989, has assumed the charge of the post of Joint Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Department of Posts

Publication of Gazette Notification By MoF – 7th CPC Allowance Recommendation and Audit of TA/DA, LTC and PT Claims

Travelling Allowance Rules - Implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Employee - clarification

Criteria for Classification of Cities for House Rent Allowance


ANSWERED ON: 21.07.2017
Classification of Cities
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) the details of the criteria followed for the classification of cities into various categories to consider for the HRA of Central Government employees; 
(b) whether this classification will be mandatory for all Central Government assistance in future to the cities of the country;
(c) if so, the details thereof; and
(d) whether the Union Government sought the opinions of the concerned State Governments in this regard and if so, the details thereof ? 


(a) For the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees, cities are classified on the basis of population criteria. For this classification, the population within the Urban Agglomeration area of a city as per the latest published final decennial Census Report, is taken into consideration.
(b) & (c) No, sir. This classification of cities is only for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees. 
(d) No, sir.