One Stop Centers and Women Helpline (181) are being set up to facilitate women to access justice. Swadhar Greh and Ujjawala Schemes are being administered by Ministry of Women and Child Development for relief and rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances, including the victims of rape. Ministry of Finance, Government of India had set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security for women in the country. Set up in 2013, the corpus transferred to the Public Account for the Nirbhaya fund till 2015-16 is …more »
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed at the 7th Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Interior/Home, in Islamabad, Pakistan today. Following is the text of Home Minister’s statement: “At the outset, I congratulate H.E. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saheb for his election as the Chairperson of this Meeting. I also take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Government of Pakistan for excellent arrangements made for hosting this Meeting, and for the outstanding hospitality extended to me and my delegation. Right from the formation of our government more than two years ago, India…more »
The Government of India has accepted the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission with regard to Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme and withholding of annual increments as under:- (i) Benchmarking for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPS to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’. (ii) Withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees, who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular Promotion within the first 20 years of service. This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Cha…more »
Vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014-Estt.(A-IV) dated 26.09.2014, Government employees have been allowed to convert their Home Town LTC to visit Jammu & Kashmir, North-East Region and Andaman & Nicobar Islands under the present scheme upto 25.09.2016. Government servants entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC from their Headquarters to the destination. While, the Government servants not entitled to travel by air may travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors: (a) Between Kolkata/Guwahati and any place in NER (b) Between Kolkata/Chennai/Bhubaneswar and Port Blair…more »
The key labour reforms undertaken by the Government in the textile and apparel sector are as under: (i) Government to bear 3.67% of employer’s Employee Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for new workmen in addition to existing 8.33% employer contribution under Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) for 3 years. (ii) EPF is made optional for employees earning less than Rs. 15,000 per month. (iii) Increase in overtime limit for workers in apparel industry from 50 hours to 100 hours per quarter. (iv) Introduction of Fixed Term Employment Besides, other steps taken by Gov…more »
As part of the Sagarmala Programme of the Ministry of Shipping, two Mega Food Parks (MFP) projects are being implemented in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh and Southern Maharashtra by the Ministry of Food Processing. The projects are strategically situated in CEZs (Coastal Economic Zone) with proximity to portsand will give boost to the EXIM trade for food processing sector. The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Mega Food Park at Krishna with its proximity to Vizagand Kakinada port will draw its synergies from Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) in North Andhra Pra…more »
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into a Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) on 2nd August, 2016 with the Indian subsidiary of a Japanese trading company. This is the first Bilateral Advance Pricing agreement with a Japanese company having a “Rollback” provision in it. Overall, it is fourth bilateral APA signed by CBDT. Signing of this bilateral APA is an important step towards ascertaining certainty in transfer pricing matters of multinational company cases and dispute resolution. The APA Scheme was introduced in the Income-tax Act in 2012 and the “Rollback” …more »
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, informed the House that the Energy Efficiency Services Limited(EESL), a joint venture company of four Power Sector PSUs, has designed innovative programmes, namely, Energy Efficient Fans Programme (EEFP) and Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme (EEAPP) for enhancing energy efficiency in domestic and agriculture sectors. Giving the details of the programme, the Minister said that the EEFP has been launched from Andhra Pradesh followe…more »
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines today informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that Under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015, 75 coal mines (31 by way of auction and 44 by way of allotment) have been allocated so far. The number of coal mines allocated to private sector in the three tranches of auction for utilization in specified end uses i.e. Power (Regulated Sector) and Steel, Cement, Captive Power Production (Non-Regulated Sector) is 30, out of a total of 31. Mining operations have commence…more »
Following are the answers to the various frequently asked questions relating to GST: *Question 1.What is GST? How does it work?* *Answer*: GST is one indirect tax for the whole nation, which will make India one unified common market. GST is a single tax on the supply of goods and services, right from the manufacturer to the consumer. Credits of input taxes paid at each stage will be available in the subsequent stage of value addition, which makes GST essentially a tax only on value addition at each stage. The final consumer will thus bear only the GST charged by the last dealer in t…more »
First Flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Haj 2016 is Scheduled to Commence from 4th August Over One Lakh Hajis will be Going for Pilgrimage This Year Over One Lakh Hajis will be Going for Pilgrimage This Year Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) flagged off the first batch of Haj pilgrims in a ceremony tonight at Indira Gandhi International Airport .The flight carrying 340 hajis will take off at 2.30 a.m. on 4th august, 2016. The Hajis from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand will be leavin…more »
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the rates for Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) for various bands of spectrum for which auction are going to be conducted shortly. With this decision the path is clear for issuance of the Notice Inviting Application for spectrum auction by the Department of Telecommunications. As per the decision of the cabinet, the Spectrum Usage Charge is to be prescribed as given below: (i) Spectrum acquired in forthcoming auction in 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300 & 2500 MHz band is to be charged at the rate of 3% of Ad…more »
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has authorized National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to monetize public funded National Highway (NH) projects which are operational and are generating toll revenues for at least two years after the Commercial Operations Date (COD) through the Toll Operate Transfer (TOT) Model. The monetization will be subject to approval of the Competent Authority in Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) / NHAI on a case to case basis. Around 75 operational NH projects completed under public …more »
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has decided to extend production subsidy to sugar mills which achieve expected performance in respect of export of sugar and supply of ethanol. This has been done to offset cost of cane and facilitate timely payment of cane price dues of farmers. Due to drought situation, there has been significant decline in sugarcane/sugar production in the country by about 1.8 million MT (mMT) and 0.8 mMT respectively. Drought affected States requested to reduce the target of sugar export and ethanol supp…more »
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved to discontinue the services of Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) in the operation of purchase of jute bags by Government Agencies for procurement of food grains. The CCEA further approved that from 1st November, 2016 onwards, jute bags will be procured by the Jute Commissioner of India, Ministry of Textiles. The approval would help in eliminating multiple bodies and the Ministries which are involved for single action of jute bags procurements. It will also s…more »
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved upgradation of 13 existing Government Medical Colleges / Institutes (GMCIs) under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The upgradation will be done at a cost of Rs.200 crore for each GMCI (Central share: Rs.120 crore and State Share Rs.80 crore). Accordingly the total upgradation cost shall be Rs.2,600 crore out of which Central Share will be Rs.1,560 crore and that of State will be Rs.1,040 crore. It will be completed in time period of 36 months. The following GMC…more »
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has thanked the leaders and members of all the parties on the occasion of passage of the GST Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Calling GST as the best example of cooperative federalism, the Prime Minister in a series of tweets said that this reform will promote Make in India, help exports and thus boost boost employment while providing enhanced revenue. “On this truly historic occasion of the passage of the GST Bill in the Rajya Sabha, I thank the leaders and members of all parties. Our MPs must be congratulated for their path breaking decision to giv…more »
7th Meeting of the SAARC Interior/Home Secretaries being held in Islamabad today The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh left New Delhi for Islamabad this evening to attend the 7th Meeting of the SAARC Interior/Home Ministers tomorrow. Before his departure to Pakistan, Shri Rajnath Singh said that this Conference provides a platform to discuss issues pertaining to security. He also said that he looks forward to underscore the imperative of meaningful cooperation within the region against terrorism and organised crime. The SAARC Interior/Home Ministers Meeting is preceded by the…more »
Russian Naval Rescue Ship Igor Belousov arrived Visakhapatnam today, 03 August 2016, on a four-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command. On arrival, Captain 1st Rank Maksim S Allikin, who is heading a senior Russian Navy delegation and Captain 3rd Rank Alexey Nekhodtsev, Commanding Officer Russian Naval Rescue Ship Igor Belousov called-on Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, Flag Officer Submarines. The visit of the Russian Naval Ship and the delegation will encompass interaction between personnel of both the Navies in vario…more »
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