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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hopes to pass GST In Second Part Of Budget Session. We hope to pass a national Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the second half of parliament’s budget session, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. Parliament’s budget session is currently under recess and will resume on April 20.



Helicopter Rides under LTC for Central Government Employees – Proposal under Consideration of Govt – DOPT called for cost analysis on Helicopter flights
As per a news item reported in the Economic Times, DOPT is considering a proposal to bring Helicopter Rides under LTC Scheme applicable to Central Government Employees. It is reported that cost analysis has been called for by DOPT regading Helicopter flights in the Country.
 
As such Central Government Emplyees are allowed travel by various classes by road and Trains depending upon the posts held by them. In addition to Bus and Train Travel under LTC, Central Government Employees who are in receipt of Grade Pay of Rs. 5400 and above are entitled to travel by Air while availing Leave Travel Concession. In respect of certain specified destinations such as North East Regions (NER), Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar, Employees have been allowed to travel by Air from a specified place viz., from Kolkata in the case of LTC to NER.
The Economic Times reports as follows:
 
The government is discussing a proposal to allow its employees to claim leave travel concession for domestic helicopter flights, a move seen boosting the helicopter-ferrying business.
At present, central government employees can claim leave travel concession (LTC) only for using scheduled commercial airline flights, preferably Air India. According to a civil aviation ministry official, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had sought a cost analysis of helicopter rides in the country.
 
“We have sent our analysis to the DoPT on the cost of flying in a helicopter. They had asked for it since they plan to bring helicopter rides under the LTC scheme,” the official, who did not wish to be named, told ET. The helicopter industry has welcomed the proposal, which aims to extend the travel concession to some 3 million central government workers.
 
“It creates business for helicopter operators in the country. Currently, helicopter operations are available in areas that have difficult terrain and no other means of connectivity, as helicopter rides are expensive,” said Harsh Vardhan Sharma, treasurer at Business Aircraft Operators’ Association and owner of Himalayan Heli Services Ltd, a helicopter operator.
 
“The rides are expensive because there is less demand. A move like this would increase volumes that will bring down fares in the affordable category.” According to Sharma, helicopter fare for the Katra-Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine ride has come down by half mainly due to volumes.

“During peak season, helicopter operators ferry about 1,000 people a day that comes down to about 800 a day during non-peak season between Katra and Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. This had led to a 50% fall in fares from its high fare days,” Sharma said.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ELECTED OFFICE BEARERS OF BHUBANESWAR UNIT OF AIACEGEO.

PRESIDENT- K.P.TRIPATHY.
VICE PRESIDENT- A.K.PANDA.
GENERAL SECRETARY- A.K.PATI.
JOINT SECRETARY- M.K. PATTANAYAK.
TREASURER- S.K.SETHY.
CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS- A.PATTANAIK, U.C. BEHERA, D,K. BEHERA, P.L.DAS.
( A.K. MAJHI, ALL INDIA VICE PRESIDENT IS EX-OFFICIO WORKING PRESIDENT OF THE UNIT) 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Ravi Shankar Prasad 
 
The Union Government welcomes Hon’ble Supreme Court's decision on ‪#‎Sec66A‬. When the UPA Govt. came out in 2009 with draconian provisions under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, BJP in opposition firmly opposed it and said that Section 66A is unacceptable in current form. BJP resolutely stood up against the censorship and blocking on social media done by UPA Govt.
Once in Govt, it took its opposition to the draconian provisions of 66A on record in Court Proceedings. New Affidavits filed by NDA Govt led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Hon’ble Supreme Court, clearly show the marked difference in the approach from UPA Govt.
NDA Govt, in what can be dubbed as a landmark moment in India’s Internet history, has accorded the same amount of freedom of speech and expression that a citizen of India is
granted in normal life under our constitution by our founding fathers.
After detailed discussion with the Central Government at the highest possible level, the Central Government filed an Affidavit before the Hon’ble Supreme Court making its stand absolutely clear that the Government respects the freedom of speech and expression. The relevant paragraphs are verbatim quote:
1.“This counter affidavit is being filed only for the purpose of assisting this Hon’ble Court and to satisfy this Hon’ble Court that the impugned Sections of the IT Act neither seeks to curtail nor the Central Government desires any interpretation which seeks to curtail any of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens including the right under Article 19(1)(a) i.e. fundamental right to free speech and expression."
2."This counter affidavit seeks to point out the necessity and desirability of the provisions which are challenged in these petitions and to bring it on record that the usage of cyber space either by social media or otherwise is not even remotely intended to be curtailed either totally or partially at instance of Union of India."
3."Central Government encourages beneficial use of cyber space and the Act only seeks to regulate the use of cyberspace which would fall within any of and/ or all categories stipulated under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India."
4."That the penal provisions of the Act can never be interpreted so as to take within its sweep political debate, any form of honest decent, decent humour, political satire etc. With a view to avoid possibility of any misconstruction of the expressions used in the penal provisions of the Act, the Central Government has prepared an advisory/guidelines to be strictly followed by law enforcement agencies which would ensure that the honest and legal use of cyber space does not result into any harassment to any citizen of the country.”
Thus in a layman’s language, the Government absolutely respects the right to freedom of speech and expression on social media and has no intention of curbing it. Only reasonable restrictions apply on social media, as they do in routine normal day to day life in the physical world under Article 19 (2) of the constitution of India. We will have to understand that we cannot set a different standard of Public Morality for Speech & Expression in Cyberspace from Speech in other mediums and in the Public Domain.
It is important to understand that Section 66A is in several parts and only a portion of it deals with issues which can raise question of freedom of speech and expression.
During the course of oral submissions also, it was categorically pointed out that the Central Government shares the anxiety that expressions like “grossly offensive” etc. referred above may be abused at some local level. The Central Government, therefore, requested the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the said expressions be read confined to Article 19(2) of the Constitution only and to ensure that no right of any citizen is scuttled, the said phrases be narrowly tailored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court itself to obviate any possibility of any abuse of any law enforcing agency to scuttle the free speech and expression of the citizens.
There can be no parallel of our stand on this matter with that of the previous UPA regime. We have in writing confirmed that we stand for freedom of speech and expression, while the previous UPA Govt tried to make this law an instrument to curb dissent, satire and anything else which did not suit it.
I have myself set an example by standing up for free speech and rights of a teenager recently arrested at the complain of Azam Khan for posting on Twitter and Facebook:
https://twitter.com/rsprasad/status/578921257376165888
https://www.facebook.com/RaviShankarPrasadOfficial/photos/a.10150653350208329.407036.68315058328/10153108500593329/?type=1&theater
‪#‎SocialMediaVerdict‬ ‪#‎OnlineAzadi‬

Sunday, 22 March 2015

  Associate Committee Meeting
        As already communicated, the Associate Committee meeting of the Association will be held on 11.04.15 (Saturday) in the Committee Room at C. R. Building, New Delhi. Meeting will start at 11 a.m. 
        All of the delegates are requested to bear all of their expenses on their own to support the Association. All of concerned are, therefore, also requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting accordingly.
        Kindly go to attachment for details.
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RAVI MALIK/SG/AIACEGEO

A VERY HAPPY, SPECIAL & PROSPEROUS NEW BHARTIYA YEAR 2072 AND SHUBH NAVRATRAS TO ALL MEMBERS WITH FAMILY.