Sunday, 18 March 2018

Appeal not to go for stay against DPC for the post of AC

Dear friends,
We all are aware that the most of us (barring a few) were retiring merely after single promotion in the career a few years ago after joining the post of Inspector of Central Excise. As a result of the efforts made by the Association, a stage has come that our officers are able to get at least two promotions in the career now. But unfortunately, a fight has also started to get promoted earlier than others resulting into stay on DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner. No doubt that every body has legal right to fight in one's interest. But as far as DPC is concerned, it should not be halted or stopped because a good number of our officers are retiring regularly on monthly basis without getting promotion.
No need to say that the promotions are to be affected on ad hoc basis. If there is any discrepancy, the same can be rectified at the time of regularization or on implementation of any legal verdict. During the pendency of any legal process, the promotion orders may be issued subject to the final outcome of the same.
But unfortunately, I came to know that some of our brothers are planning to get the DPC stayed. It is, therefore, requested to all concerned to kindly not get the DPC stayed because it would again result into the retirement of a good number of our officers without promotion despite of a good number of vacancies in hands. No need to say that the stay of DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner would also affect the promotions from the post of Inspector to Superintendent and also below Inspector level as the cascading vacancies are also to be filled-up by promotion of our brothers belonging to Inspector and Ministerial cadres. Any stay to DPC will also halt the promotions of equal number of officers at lower levels.
Ravi Malik,
Secretary General,



Saturday, 17 March 2018


Dear Friends, 
Progress report regarding providing information for DPC to the post of AC as today on 17.3.18 is as follows- 
i) Nothing has been received from Bhopal, Delhi, Ranchi & Shillong Central Excise zones. 
ii) Partialy/deficiently received from Lucknow, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabd/Vadodara (Bhavnagar & Daman Commissionerate), Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur & Cochin Central Excise zones. 
iii) No vigilance clearance, integrity certificate, penalty statement etc. received from Chandigarh & Bangalore Central Excise zones. 
iv) Partialy/deficiently received from Cochin, Kolkata, Vishakhapattanam, Mumbai & Chennai Customs zone. 
v) Vigilance clearance, integrity certificate & penalty statement are must to be sent through CCA.
vi) Vigilance clearance is to be sent in single certificate mentioning names of all officers. Like it, names of officers who are not clear from the angle of vigilance are to be mentioned in separate single certificate.
vii) Penalty statement is to be provided for 10 years. 
viii) All Unit & All India office bearers of respective zones and all concerned are requested to expedite the information for an early DPC. 
ix) We have not to forget that date of DPC will depend on providing timely & correct information. 
x) All are also requested to pursue with the neighboring zones of Central Excie as well as Customs
Loving Regrds,
Secretary General,

Booking of CG Holiday Home

How To Book CG Holiday Home In The New Online Booking System?

Update 19.03.2015: Now Payment against room charges can be made online using Credit Card / Debit Card / Internet banking instead of  cumbersome procedure of sending Demand Draft to booking agency.
A brief on revised online procedure for booking rooms in Central Government Holiday Home  is as follows.
Step I: In the Central Government Holiday Home website viz., holidayhomes.nic.in, click link “Apply Online”
Step II: Filling all details in application form.
Step III: After completing application form, the system, subject to availability of room, will lead to Payment Gateway where applicants have to pay booking charges along with convenience charges/transaction charges/service charges reflecting on the screen through debit card & Internet banking.
Step IV: After successful payment to be confirmed by the bank, the room will be allotted to such applicant by the system and booking confirmation slip will be generated along with SMS.
Confirmation Slip after verification from the Administration of the applicant needs to be submitted at the counter of Holiday Home.
There is no provision for cancellation / refund once the applicant has submitted the application/booking charges and consequently booking is confirmed.
For getting detailed information and Central Government Holiday Homes checkout following links

Friday, 16 March 2018


Good morning, Friends. 
All are requested to expedite the information asked for DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner. DGHRD office and confidential branches are open today on 17.03.18. 
Ravi Malik, 
Secretary General, 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

GST In India One Of The Most Complex, And Second Highest Tax Rate In World: World Bank

The goods and services tax (GST) implemented by the central government from 1 July last year is one of the most complex with the second highest tax rate in the world among a sample of 115 countries which have a similar indirect tax system, the World Bank said in a report.
India’s GST structure has five tax slabs of 0, 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28%. Further, there are several exempted sales and exports are zero rated, which allows exporters to claim refund for taxes paid on inputs. Separately, gold is taxed at 3% rate, precious stones at 0.25%, while alcohol, petroleum products, stamp duties on real estate and electricity duties are excluded from the GST and continue to be taxed by the state governments at state-specific rates.
As many as 49 countries around the world have a single slab of GST, while 28 countries use two slabs, and only five countries, including India, use four non-zero slabs. The countries that use four or more slabs of GST include Italy, Luxembourg, Pakistan and Ghana. Thus, India has among the highest number of different GST slabs in the world.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has promised to reduce the number of GST slabs by merging 12% and 18% slabs once tax compliance improves and revenue buoyancy increases. The federal indirect tax body, the GST Council, in its November meeting last year in Guwahati, pruned the number of items under the 28% tax slab to only 50 from 228 items earlier.
The World Bank, in its bi-annual India Development Update released on Wednesday, said the introduction of GST has been accompanied by state administrations experiencing disruptions in initial days after GST’s introduction. This included lack of clarity on discontinuation of local taxes, for example, in Tamil Nadu where the state government devolved an entertainment tax to local governments in order to impose it over and above a 28% GST. To preserve revenue collections, Maharashtra has also increased motor vehicles tax to compensate for losses due to GST.
There also have been reports of an increased administrative tax compliance burden on firms and a locking-up of working capital due to slow tax refund processing, the World Bank said. “High compliance costs are also arising because the prevalence of multiple tax rates implies a need to classify inputs and outputs based on the applicable tax rate. Along with the need to apply the correct rate, firms are required to match invoices between their outputs and inputs to be eligible for full input tax credit, which increases compliance costs further,” it added.
However, the World Bank said while international experience suggests that the adjustment process can affect economic activity for multiple months, the benefits of the GST are likely to outweigh its costs in the long run. “Key to success is a policy design that minimizes compliance burden, for example by minimizing the number of different rates and limiting exemptions, with simple laws and procedures, an appropriately structured and resourced administration, compliance strategies based on a balanced mix of education and assistance programs and risk-based audit programs,” it said.
The Bank advocated for a nuanced communications campaign to convey the various aspects of the new system of GST among businesses, consumers and key intermediaries, such as tax practitioners, as well as among the tax administration and the political class.

10 Aadhaar Questions Answered For You

The Supreme Court has extended the Aadhaar linking deadline indefinitely. How does this affect you? We answer some of your questions

The Supreme Court has stepped in and pushed the Aadhaar linking deadline just a few days short of 31 March. Some respite, this. But how do you cope in an Aadhaar-prepped world? From hotels to healthcare to financial services, everyone seeks to authenticate you through Aadhaar. What do you need to do if it’s the only ID card they’ll accept? Mint steps back and looks at 10 questions you need to answer before you flash your Aadhaar card.
What is the new deadline?
The deadline for linking mobile phones, bank accounts, and other several financial services to Aadhaar has been extended. Once the Supreme Court has decided on Aadhaar-related matters, a new deadline may be announced. A constitution bench of the court is hearing cases challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act, as well as that of linking it to various services. On 15 December 2017, Supreme Court had extended the deadlines for linking it to government-subsidized welfare schemes and services and set 31 March 2018 as the new deadline. However, this time it has been extended indefinitely except for welfare schemes and subsidies. The Supreme Court had also said that Aadhaar should be purely voluntary and that it could not be made mandatory until the matter is finally decided by the court.
So I don’t need an Aadhaar for a new bank account?
No, you still need an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID to open a new bank account. While the 15 December order had extended the deadline to link existing bank accounts with Aadhaar, it did allow that the Aadhaar enrolment ID be submitted to banks to open a new bank account. However, other financial services like buying insurance and mutual funds can still be done without Aadhaar. The extension also applies to the linking of PAN with Aadhaar.
What must I link with Aadhaar?
The government had made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with several services including bank accounts, mutual funds, insurance policies and small savings schemes like the Public Provident Fund. This was done through amending the Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005. Also, the permanent account number (PAN) had to be linked with Aadhaar in order to file income tax returns. Mobile phone connections were also to be linked with Aadhaar. In addition to these services, several state and central government welfare schemes were to be linked with Aadhaar. This included schemes that involved getting a subsidy through direct benefit transfer like subsidy for LPG or scholarships, among others. The deadline extension is not for these welfare schemes and subsidies. For these, the deadline remains 31 March.
What if I don’t link?
For now, you don’t have to. However, if the Supreme Court finally decides that the services need to be linked to Aadhaar, you will have to do so. But what happens if you don’t link even after that? The financial institutions we spoke to are not clear what will happen if an individual fails to link Aadhaar with these services. However, according to the amended Prevention of Money Laundering rules, in case the bank account holder fails to do so, her access to the account will be blocked, and will be granted only after Aadhaar, or proof of enrolment in Aadhaar, have been submitted.
While it is clear as per rules that the access to bank accounts could get blocked, it is not clear yet if account holders will continue to earn interest on their deposits or savings in case of PPF, or servicing of insurance policies would stop altogether.
Can I delink Aadhaar?
As of now, there is no provision or mechanism to delink the Aadhaar that is already linked with some service or welfare scheme.
I have been getting reminders from banks and telecom companies. Even though the deadline has been extended, should I link Aadhaar?
As long as the Supreme Court does not give a final decision, no services, including bank accounts or mobile connections, can be discontinued by the service providers for the want of Aadhaar. If the linking systems are active, it is up to you to decide if you want to link it with the services.
Will I lose out on something if I do not link the services?
No, financial and telecom services will not be affected. Your accounts or phone connections cannot be discontinued. Moreover, the UIDAI has specifically insisted that no essential services like hospitalization, medical help, school admissions or ration through PDS, can be denied to a beneficiary if she does not have Aadhaar or Aadhaar authentication does not work. “Under no circumstance, anyone can be denied a service just because he/she doesn’t have an Aadhaar. If one does not have Aadhaar or if Aadhaar online verification is not successful due to some reason, the agency or department has to provide the service as per Section 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Office Memorandum dated 19 December 2017 by using alternate means of identification…” the UIDAI said in a press release in February.
What happens if I don’t give Aadhaar for government schemes?
The UIDAI has insisted that essential services like hospitalization and PDS will not be denied. Also, Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act provides some scope for other forms of authentication. However, direct benefit transfers, which means receiving money directly in bank account as a subsidy or government scholarship, could be discontinued if Aadhaar is not provided.
Can private companies ask for Aadhaar number?
The UIDAI provides authentication services to several service providers including private companies, which can be used to establish the KYC details of an individual. Service providers using this facility are to be registered with the UIDAI as Authentication User Agencies or e-KYC User Agency. The list of active AUAs or KUAs is available on the UIDAI website)
What do I do if some private service provider asks me for my Aadhaar number?
As long as the Supreme Court does not make a final decision, any commercial service-provider cannot insist on only Aadhaar. In case of hotels, an identity proof can be asked for and the hotel should accept any government approved identity proof. If a hotel or any other service provider denies services just for Aadhaar, you can ask them to give this in writing and threaten with legal action since there is no redress for you through the UIDAI.