Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Allowance committee did not submit report yet " - Govt reply in Loksabha

"Allowance committee did not submit report yet " - Govt reply in Loksabha

"The Committee on Allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016. The Committee is to examine the recommendations of the 7th CPC in regard to various allowances having regard to the representations made by the Staff Associations and the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC are warranted and if so, in what form."
"The Committee has not submitted its report to the Government.The deliberations of the Committee are in the final stages. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee."


Lavasa Committee yet to finalize report

A panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and tasked with examining the 7th Pay Commission’s (7th CPC) recommendations on allowances has been unable to reach a conclusion in its last scheduled meeting last Friday. It will now have a few more meetings before submitting its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Business Standard has learnt.

In late June last year, after implementing the CPC proposals on salary and pension for the central government’s 4.7 million employees, Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October to give the report but this got delayed. The decision on allowances was postponed because the CPC wanted a number of these to be abolished or subsumed. Employee unions were opposed.

“There were no conclusive decisions taken at the meeting last Friday. There will be some more meetings. For now, the panel is not ready to give its report to the Finance Minister,” said a senior government official aware of the developments.

It was earlier reported that the panel would submit its recommendations to the government’s political leadership soon and the Centre could announce revised allowances any time after March 11, the day of counting the votes for the five Assembly polls, and probably before the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament ends. That timeline now seems doubtful.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Empanelment of Writers in Philately Division of Department of Posts who are interested in writing on the subject matter of the stamp


F. No. 33-1/2015-Phil
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
Department of Posts
(Philately Division) 

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
Dated 08.02.2016 

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Department of Posts issues Commemorative Postage Stamps on various subjects, themes, institutions, personalities, events, etc. With the release of Commemorative Postage Stamps, this Department also issues Brochures and First Day Covers. A brief write up of about 700-1000 words on the subject matter of stamp and technical data is included in the Brochure. Specimen of brochure is enclosed.

2. Philately Division, Department of Posts invites applications from individuals who are interested in writing on the subject matter of the stamp. The suitability of the applicants for the job will be judged based on their credentials and work experience such as published work, articles, write-up in Newspapers and Magazines, etc.

3. The Remunerations will be paid as per the prescribed rates of the Department of Posts as given below:

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Features Of Rural ICT Handheld Device Supplied To Branch Post Offices


As a pilot phase Department of Post has started using solar powered, biometric hand-held devices in rural post office with connectivity along with the application software in selected circles viz. Bihar, UP and Rajasthan. This move was the outcome of Rural ICT project declared by the Government of India.

Following re the important features or benefits of Hand-held device supplied to Branch Post Offices.

1. Electronic transactions- Booking and delivery of Speed Post, registered mail,MONEY orders, sale of stamps and postal stationery will be done through these devices and paper receipt shall be generated

2. Instantaneously thereby eliminating chances of overcharging and other problems associated with manual transactions. Savings Bank deposits & withdrawals, PLI/RPLI premium deposits and loan/claim payments will also be done electronically on these devices.

3. Immediate uploading of transaction data and financial reconciliation- Using mobile connectivity, data pertaining to all transactions done on the hand-held devices shall be uploaded onto the central server. E-Money order will reach the destination post office instantaneously unlike present day where the money order is digitized at the nearest computerized Post Office and leads to delay in delivery. All financial transactions shall also be reconciled immediately without any manual intervention and Cash on Delivery amount collected in the village shall be immediately credited to the account of e-Commerce Company. Similarly the artisans would be able to fulfill e-commerce orders and receive immediate payment for their sold products online. This will have a positive impact on the overall economy of the villages.

4. Automatic track and trace- Speed Post and Registered letters/parcels andMONEY remittances will be trackable at the Branch Post Office level and booking/delivery information will also be uploaded to central server immediately.

5. Fraud and leakage elimination- As Savings Bank and Postal Life Insurance transactions will be done on a real-time basis and through immediate generation of receipt and voice message, chances of fraud would be eliminated. Biometric authentication of MNREGS and social security beneficiaries at the time of pay-out would also reduce leakage in the schemes

6. Post Offices as Common Service Centres- Branch Post Offices shall be able to work as Common Service Centres and offer services such as Railway Reservation, online bill payment for electricity and water utilities, mobile and DTH recharge, insurance policy premium payments & transactions for partner banks/insurance companies/mutualFUNDS etc

Refund the amount deducted for HRA - HC


The Madras High Court Bench here has directed the superiors of a government servant to refund House Rent Allowance (HRA) deducted from her salary even though she refused to occupy a dilapidated residential quarters allotted to her since it was in an uninhabitable condition.

A Division Bench of Justices V. Ramasubramanian and N. Kirubakaran passed the order while allowing a 2011 writ appeal filed by S. Radhamani Thangatchi, then serving as the manager of Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Pettai in Tirunelveli district since February 2, 2009.

A single judge of the High Court had on November 18, 2010 dismissed her writ petition, for refund of HRA, by citing a 1995 Supreme Court ruling that a government employee had to either accept the accommodation offered by the employer or forfeit the HRA if he/she preferred to live elsewhere.

However, not in agreement with the view taken by the single judge, the Division Bench said that a look at the photographs of the house allotted to the appellant as well as a report of a Public Works Department official would make it clear that the house was not in a good condition.

“It is very unfortunate that though the appellant requested the respondents not to allot the quarters, the second respondent (ITI Principal) erroneously allotted the quarters in favour of the appellant and deducted the amount towards rent from the salary of the appellant.

In eight weeks:
“The appellant cannot be made to pay rent for the quarters even though she had not occupied it. Therefore, the order of the principal as well as the order of the single judge are set aside and further direction is given to refund the amount within eight weeks,” the judges ordered.

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Grant of special casual leave on the day of polling - Dopt orders

 Election Holidays 2016 – Grant of Paid Holiday for CG Employees : Bye Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tripura — Grant of Paid holiday – regarding

F. No.12/3/2016-JCA 2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated February 10, 2016


Subject: Bye Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tripura — Grant of Paid holiday – regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the Bye Election to the State Legislative Assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tripura, scheduled to be held in February, 2016, the following guidelines, already issued by this Department vide Office Memorandum No. 12/14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001, have to be followed inrespect of the Central Government Offices, including Industrial Establishments in the States : –

In connection with bye-election to State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling. Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee, who is ordinarily a resident of constituency and registered as a voter, but employed in any Central Government Organization/ Industrial
Establishment located outside the constituency having the bye-election.

2. The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned.

(Raju Saraswat)
To Under Secretary

Thursday, January 21, 2016

NITI Aayog collaborated with IDFC for Enterprise Survey of Manufacturing Firms:

--> National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog on 17 January 2016 announced that it collaborated with the IDFC Bank Ltd to conduct an enterprise survey of manufacturing firms.
--> NITI Aayog and IDFC Institute will jointly conduct a survey of manufacturing companies, including startups, across India as part of ease of doing business enabler.

India’s Dinesh Sharma elected to board of directors of AIIB:

--> India, one of the founding members of the AIIB, has been elected to the board of directors of the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which is expected to begin loan approvals before the end of this year.
--> Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Finance has been elected to the 12-member board for which a secret ballot was held on 17 January 2016.

Sikkim becomes India’s first fully organic state:

--> Sikkim has formally become India’s first fully organic state after it successfully implemented organic farming practices on around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land.
--> Formal declaration in this regard was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after inaugurating the Sikkim Organic Festival 2016 in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Submission of Immovable Property Return by Group ‘A” officers for placing in public domain

Government of India 
Ministry of Defence 
Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts 
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110 010
Tele: 011-25674854
Fax: 011- 25674781
File No: AN-I/ 1479/IPR/2014
(i) All Principal Controllers/ Controllers
(ii) All Principal IFAs/IFAS
(iii) All IDAS Officers
(Through Website)
Subject:- Submission of Immovable Property Return by Group ‘A” officers for placing in public domain.
Reference:- This office most important circular no.AN-I/1479/5/IPR dated 22/11/2011
It is observed from the immovable property returns for the year 2015 submitted by the officers that IPRs for the year 2015 (as on 01.01_2016) of some officers did not reflect the complete details of the property and reflected terms such as ‘Same as previous year’ or ‘ No change.
2. In this connection it is pertinent to mention that in compliance of DOP&T order no.11013/3/2011-Estt.A dated 11/04/2011, Immovable Property Returns of all Group A officers are required to be placed in public domain, by respective cadre controlling authorities.
3. It is therefore, requested to furnish Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2015 (as on 01.01.2016) on or before 31.01.2016 specifying details of the property so that the same may be scanned and uploaded in the website of this office. In case no immovable property is owned then ‘Nil’ is required to be made against the relevant column of the proforma and ‘No change’ or ‘Same as Last Year’ will not be accepted.

Example of income tax calculation -2

 Example 6
For Assessment Year 2016-17 

Illustrating Valuation of perquisite and calculation of tax in the case of an employee below the age of 60 years of a Private Company posted at Delhi and repaying House Building Loan  ( With valid PAN furnished to employer). 

2Dearness Allowance1,00,000
3House Rent Allowance1,80,000
4Special Duties Allowance12,000
5Provident Fund60,000
7Deposit in NSC VIII issue30,000
8Rent Paid by the employee for house hired by her1,20,000
9Repayment of House Building Loan (Principal)60,000
10Tuition Fees for three children (Rs.10,000 per child)30,000
 Computation of total income and tax payable thereon 
1Gross Salary (Basic+DA+HRA+SDA)6,92,000
 Less: House rent allowance exempt U/s 10 (13A) Least of:(a). Actual amount of  HRA received.                     :Rs.1,80,000 (b). Expenditure on rent in excess of 10% of salary(Including D.A.)assuming D.A. is included forretirement benefits (1,20,000- 50,000)               :Rs. 70,000(c). 50% of salary  (including D.A)                           : Rs. 2,50,000      70,000
2Gross Total Taxable Income6,22,000
 Less:  Deduction U/s 80C(i).         Provident   Fund                                         60,000(ii).      LIP                                                              :   10,000(iii).     NSC  VIII  Issue                                         :   30,000(iv).    ayment  of  HBA                                         60,000 (v).    Tuition Fees (Restricted to two children)        :  20,000Total                   : 1,80,000Restricted to  1,50,000       1,50,000

 Total Income4,72,000
 Income Tax thereon/payable20,200
 Add:(i).       cation Cess @2%(ii).       Secondary and Higher Education Cess @1% 404202
 Total Income Tax payable20,806
 Rounded off to20,810
 Example 7 
For Assessment Year 2016-17 

A.        Calculation of Income tax in the case of a retired employee above the age of sixty years but below the age of 80 years and having gross pension of:

 iv) Rs.4,50,000/-,v)   Rs.8,00,000/- ,vi)  Rs. 12,50,000/-. B         What will be the amount of TDS in case of above employees, if PAN is not submitted by them to their DDOs/Offices: 
ParticularsRupees (i)Rupees (ii)Rupees (iii)
Gross Pension4,50,0008,00,00012,50,000
Contribution of P.P.F.70,0001,00,0001,50,000
 Computation of Total Income and tax payable thereon 
ParticularsRupees (i)Rupees (ii)Rupees (iii)
Gross Pension4,50,0008,00,00012,50,000
Less: Deduction U/s 80C70,0001,00,0001,50,000
Taxable Income3,80,0007,00,00011,00,000
Tax thereon (after rebate u/s 87A)6,00060,0001,50,000
Add:(i)   Education Cess @ 2%.(ii)   Secondary and Higher Education Cess @1% 12060 1200600 30001500
Total tax payable6,18061,8001,54,500
TDS under sec. 206AA in case where PAN is not furnished by the employee24,00090,0001,70,000
 Example 8 
For Assessment Year 2016-17 

A.        Calculation of Income tax in the case of a retired    employee above the age of 80 years and having gross pension of:

 i)    Rs.5,00,000/-,ii)  Rs.8,00,000/- ,iii) Rs. 12,50,000/-. B         What will be the amount of TDS in case of above employees, if PAN is not submitted by them to their DDOs/Offices: 
ParticularsRupees (i)Rupees (ii)Rupees (iii)
Gross Pension5,00,0008,00,00012,50,000
Contribution of P.P.F.80,0001,20,0001,50,000
 Computation of Total Income and tax payable thereon 
ParticularsRupees (i)Rupees (ii)Rupees (iii)
Gross Pension5,00,0008,00,00012,50,000
Less: Deduction U/s 80C80,0001,20,0001,50,000
Taxable Income4,20,0006,80,00011,00,000
Tax thereonNil36,0001,30,000
Add:(i)   Education Cess @ 2%.(ii)   Secondary and Higher Education Cess @1%  720360 26001300
Total tax payableNil37,0801,33,900
B. TDS under sec. 206AA in case where PAN is not furnished by the employeeNil37,0801,33,900
 Example 9
 Exemption u/s 10 (13A) 
1.       Mr. A, employed with XYZ Ltd. Up to 31.10.2015, received following emoluments : 
1.Basic pay p.m.13,000
2.Bonus for the year received in July, 201572,000
3.Club facility (for private use only) Expenditure by employer p.m.700
4.House Rent Allowance p.m.2,800
5.Employer’s contribution to URPF p.m. (Mr. A also made equal contribution)1,000
W.e.f. 01.11.2015, Mr. A joined PQR Ltd., with following pay package :
1.Basic pay p.m.18,000
2.House Rent Allowance p.m.1,600
3.Club Facility (for private use only) Expenditure by employer p.m.1,100
4.Use of car for journey between office and residence – Employer’s expenditure p.m.600
5.Employer’s contribution to RPF p.m. (Mr. A also made equal contribution)2,000
Other particulars of Mr. A are as under :
1.Mr. A resides at Amritsar paying a monthly rent of3,500
2.Mr. A’s income from other sources95,000
3.Mr. A contributed to LIC/PPR/NSC etc.20,000
Compute Mr. A’s taxable income and tax liability for A.Y. 2016-17.
 Computation of Tax 
1.Income from Salary 
 (a) From XYZ Ltd. 
 Basic pay (Rs.13,000 x 7)91,000
 Club facility (Rs.700 x 7)Rupees4,900
 H.R.A. (Rs.2,800 x 7)19,600 
 Less : Exempt u/s 10(13A)15,4004,200
 Employer’s Contribution to U.R.P.F. 1,07,300
 (b)  From PQR Ltd.Rupees 
 Basic pay (Rs.18,000 x 5)90,000 
 H.R.A. (Rs.1,600 x 5)8,000 
 Less : Exempt u/s 10(13A)8,000 
 Club Facility (Rs.1,100 x 5)5,500 
 Facility of Car (not taxable as perquisite)15,400 
 Employer’s Contribution to R.P.F.95,500
 Gross Salary2,02,800
 Less: Deduction—–
 Net Salary2,02,800

2.Income from Others Sources95,000
 Gross Total Income2,97,800
 Less : Deduction u/s 80C 
 : Contribution to LIC/PPF/NSCRs. 20,000 
 : Contribution to RPF ( Rs.2000 x 5)Rs. 10,00030,000
 Total Income2,67,800
 Computation of Tax Liability 
 Tax payable on Rs.2,67,8001,780
 Less : Rebate u/s 87A1,780
 Net Income-tax payableNil
 Add : SurchargeNil
 Add : EC @ 2%
 Add : S&HEC @ 1%
 Total Tax PayableNil
  Example 10 2.      
One Computation of Taxable Salary and allowances, Deduction for Interest on Housing Loan and Deduction u/s 80C. Mr. X, a Central Govt. Officers in Delhi, is receiving Basic Pay Rs.23,720, grade Pay Rs.7,600, DA at prescribed rates, transport allowances @ Rs.3200+DA thereon, and HRA 30% of basic pay + grade pay (though living in his own house). His date of increment is Ist July. The following are other particulars of his income. Compute his taxable income and tax payable, for A.Y.2015-16. 
1.Honorarium for valuation of answer books of a departmental examination3,000
2.Fee for work done for a  private body (1/3rd  of fees  has  been retained    byGovt.)6,000
3.Contributions to G.P.F. p.m.4,700
4.Postal Life Insurance Premium financed from G.P.F. p.m.280
5.Contribution to Central Govt. Employees Group Insurance Scheme p.m.500
6.Life Insurance Premium (being a Life Insurance Policy of Rs.1,00,000 taken in name of his wife before 1.04.2012)10,500
7.Contribution to Public Provident Fund10,000
8.Repayment of HDFC loan borrowed after 1.04.1999 EMI Rs.25,000 (Towards loan Rs.95,000, towards interest Rs.2,05,000)3,00,000
 Computation of Tax 
1.Income from Salary 
 Basic Pay @ Rs 23,720 p.m 
 (March to June ’14)94,880 
 @ Rs 24,660 p.m * (July 2014 to Feb 2015)1,97,2802,92,160

 Grade Pay @ Rs 7,600 p.m  
 Dearness Allowance  
 1.3.2014 to 30.06.2014 @ 100% i.e., Rs 31,320 p.m1,25,280 
 1.7.2014 to 31.12.2014 @ 107% i.e. Rs 34,518 p.m2,07,108 
 1.1.2015 to 28.02.2015 @ 113% (assumed) i.e.,  
 Rs. 36,454 p.m72,9084,05,296
 House Rent Allowance  
 @ 30% of basic pay + grade pay  
 1.3.2014 to 30.06.2014 @ Rs 9,39633,584 
 1.07.2014 to 28.2.2015 @ Rs 9,67877,4241,15,008
 Transport Allowance 
 1.3.2014 to 30.6.2014 @ Rs 6,400 p.m25600 
 1.7.2014 to 31.12.2014 @ Rs 6,624 p.m39,744 
 1.1.2015 to 28.2.2015 @ Rs 6,816 p.m13,632 
 Less: Exempt u/s 10(14) @ 800 p.m960069,376
 Fees (2/3 retained by him)4000
 Total Salary9,80,040
 Less: Standard Deduction
 Net Salary9,80,040
2.Income from House Property 
 Self-occupied u/s 23(2)(a) deemed at nil  
 Less: Interest on HDFC Loan2,00,000 (-)2,00,000
 Gross Total Income 7,80,040
 Less: Deduction u/s 80 C  
      GPF @ Rs 4,700/-p.m56,400 
       CGEGIS @ Rs 500/- p.m6,000 
      Life Insurance Premium10, 500 
      Repayment of HDFC Loan95,000 
      Deposit in Public Provident Fund10,000 
 Restricted to a maximum of Taxable Income6,30, 040
 Computation of Tax Liability 
 Tax payable51,008
 Add: Surcharge
 Add: Education Cess1020
 Total Tax Liability52,538