New Delhi,16/10/19:Great success of issue of IRCTC shares, a miniratna public-sector-undertaking doubling money of investors overnight calls for issue of long-term bonds by IRCTC for setting of large-scale production-units in every district of the country for packaged-water, confectionery items and other food-products to replace cooked meal in trains and schools (mid-day meal programme feeding 12 crore school-children) where complaints of sub-standard food in unhygienic conditions are quite common. Apart from such complaints of finding deal lizards, rats etc are also not uncommon.
Such setting of big units in large number by IRCTC with help of long-term bonds will provide huge employment in public-sector apart from giving profit-earning for public-exchequer. Even products can be sold in open market also to make private players bring down prices of food-products also assuring better quality.
Employment in public-sector can also be tremendously increased by digging out unaccounted money through permanent Voluntary Disclosure Scheme whereby those declaring unaccounted money may be asked to invest 50-percent amount in another type of long-term Infrastructural bonds with nominal interest, to be issued by public-sector undertakings like IRCTC.
Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal
New Delhi,10/10/19:To further promote digital-payments, installation of card-payment machines to accept payments must be made compulsory by retailers registered under GST or who have their account-books auditable under Income Tax Act to begin with in urban areas. It is surprising that such machines are not there even with many big renowned retailers in unorganised sector even in metro-cities like Delhi. There is large-scale GST-evasion by such renowned retailers selling their own manufactured products because they very hesitantly issue GST-invoices that too on specifically being asked for though they include GST in cost of their manufactured products thus making charged GST their additional income. It should be made compulsory to issue GST-invoices by every registered GST-dealer without even being asked by the customer.
Notice about auto-issue of GST-invoices and installation of card-machines must be compulsorily displayed prominently at their establishments and on packing-material for consumer-awareness. Special prize-schemes should be announced for consumers giving information about retailers not auto-issuing GST cash-memos.
Digital can and should be further encouraged by bearing complete cost of transaction-charges on card-payments by Central government and banks irrespective of amounts whereby banks may be directed to reduce transaction-charges to nominal half-percent which may be borne by central government. Banks can abolish incentives for card-payments, and central government can withdraw since irrelevant incentives like on purchase of petrol through card-payments. Move will ultimately be extra revenue-generating both for central government and banks. Central government will earn extra through check on tax-evasion. Banks will increase their ultimate collection of transaction-charges because of manifold increase through card-payments
New Delhi,09/10/19:Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) deserves compliments for motivating Income-Tax payers by sending Certificates of Appreciation to those contributing appreciably through tax-payment. But these certificates should be sent within say a fortnight of final assessment. Moreover sending the attractive colourful certificate only through e-mail is not sufficient, because very few Income Tax payers have facility of colour-printers.
These Certificates should also be sent through WhatsApp and more importantly on an attractive laminated card-paper through Speed Post so that contributors to national economy may proudly display these Certificates at their residences or work-places after getting these framed. Then more and more people will be motivated for racing for contribution of national economy by paying more taxes.
Sending these Certificates of Appreciation through WhatsApp on mobile-phones can be better utilised by announcing some motivating measures for certificate-holders, like queue-jumping for various government-services like security-check at airports and railway-platforms and many other such services which may not cost to public-exchequer, but honour holders of Certificate of Appreciation issued by CBDT for payment of more taxes.
New Delhi,09/10/19:Mother Dairy has given newspaper-advertisements on 02.10.2019 motivating people to buy Token-Milk to discourage use of plastic in poly-pack milk. Evidently Token-Milk is quite cheaper than poly-pack milk of same standard because of saving of packing-cost. But big question is that poly-pack milk is available in too many variants and qualities, while Token-Milk is available only in one variety that too only on selected Mother Dairy booths and not with private retailers selling poly-pack milk in all varieties and variants that too also of other milk-giants like highest-selling brand Amul. It is noted that since last few days, all milk poly-packs have print that packing is made of recyclable plastic.
Best way to conserve environment is that customers may be given bags of environment-friendly jute or cloth bags of different sizes in return of some stipulated number of empty poly-packing of milk. These bags can be made available with all milk-booths and private retailers selling poly-pack milk. Even rag-pickers will then filter out empty poly-packs of milk from the waste thrown if any by households and others, to get these bags of jute or cloth. Extra earning can be made by procuring advertisements from sponsors to be printed on these bags of jute or cloth to be given in exchange of empty poly-packs of milk.
# Ms Madhu
New Delhi: Phone intercepts from the Indo-Pak border, arms dropping by drones from across the border into Punjab last month, and Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI) chief Lt General Faiz Hameed’s recent tour of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, are three main reasons which prompted Indian security agencies to go on a high alert, particularly in Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Besides, intel inputs from US agencies have also alerted New Delhi of a possible ISI-sponsored terrorist attack in wake of abrogation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status guaranteed by Article 370.
Top sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs revealed that security arrangements have been tightened at all major airports, ports, vital installations, important government offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Important premises including airports and railway stations in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir were already put on alert after arms dropping by Pakistan through drones in Punjab in September. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is coordinating with Punjab Police to unravel the conspiracy hatched by the ISI, using a splinter Khalistan terror outfit to execute the drone droppings.
The apparent terror threat seems to be a serious concern for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). On Thursday, the Union Home Secretary, Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and senior officials of the PMO had a brainstorming session, reviewing the steps taken by the states and central agencies to deal with the situation.
Commemorative silver-alloy Gandhi coins available for general public on Gandhi-centenary year of 1969 at face-value not now in 2019 on 150th birth-anniversary of Gandhi
New Delhi,02/10/19:Department of Economic Affairs (Union Government) and Reserve Bank of India RBI regrettably did not make commemorative silver-alloy coins issued on 150th birth-anniversary of MK Gandhi on 02.10.2019 available for general public at face-value evidently because metal-cost in a coin was multiple times the face-value of just rupees 150, unlike on 02.10.1969 on occasion of Gandhi birth-centenary when such silver-coins were made available for general public at the then face-value since metal-value of a silver-alloy coin at that time was much lower than the then face-value of rupees ten. This is despite that fact that both RBI and Department of Economic Affairs were cautioned in advance through repeated submissions made in advance with last one posted at various portals on 26.08.2019. Silver-alloy coins in fact are for privileged ones sitting on dais to commemorate the occasion that too totally free, and not for general public.
This practice should be reformed for future when silver-alloy coins may be having face-value of rupees 1000 packed in serial-numbered tamperproof-packing to avoid chances of fake coins to be available for general public right from date of issue through convenient centers including all RBI offices and philatical counters apart from selected post-offices and bank-branches.
Even now, it should be arranged that at least coin-sets comprising of sliver-alloy coins presently sold only through advance-booking to be delivered after many months, may be made available for open sale without requiring cumbersome procedure of advance-booking through convenient centers including all RBI offices and philatical counters apart from selected post-offices and bank-branches with an economy single coin-pack at price of rupees 1000 in serial-numbered tamperproof packing so that less-affording ones may also get silver-alloy commemorative coin.
New Delhi, Suggestions titled -Delayed but step in right direction that Air India stops meals in short-duration flights to cut expenses- were posted on website of Prime Minister with registration-number PMOPG-E-2018-0374249 in the category SUGGESTIONS-FEEDBACK. But CPIO (Deputy General Manager - Finance) Manoj Kumar at Air India in response dated 17.07.2019 seeking information on taken on these suggestions turned down the request by saying that suggestions are in the negative list of filing of Public Grievances.
Still more shocking was the attitude of First Appellate Authority FAA (Executive Director - Finance) Anil Mittal who dismissed First Appeal without even going through grounds of First Appeal and checking website of Prime Minister that Suggestions-Feedback was an exclusive feature of website of Prime Minister.
Senior ones at Air India should take cognizance of the matter, and direct both FAA and CPIO to be careful in future while passing appeal-orders and responding to RTI applications. They should also be directed to provide working-sheets on suggestions posted under registration-number PMOPG-E-2018-0374249 on website of Prime Minister.
New Delhi,27/09/19:United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exhorted the international community to stand united against terrorism, which he described as one of the biggest challenges not for any single country, but for the entire world.
Addressing the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Modi lamented the lack of unanimity amongst the member states on the issue of terrorism, saying it dents those very principles, that are the basis for the creation of the United Nations.
“We believe, that this is one of the biggest challenges, not for any single country, but for the entire world and humanity,” Modi said while speaking in Hindi.
“We belong to a country that has given the world, not war, but Buddha’s message of peace,” the prime minister said.
“And that is the reason why, our voice against terrorism, to alert the world about this evil, rings with seriousness and the outrage,” he said in his nearly 18-minute address to the world body.
“And that is why, for the sake of humanity, I firmly believe, that it is absolutely imperative, that the world unites against terrorism, and that the world stands as one against terrorism,” he asserted.
But he rued that there was lack of unanimity among member countries on how to tackle terrorism.
“The lack of unanimity amongst us on the issue of terrorism, dents those very principles, that are the basis for the creation of the UN,” he said.
India had proposed a draft document in 1996 on the ‘Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism’ (CCIT) at the General Assembly but it remained a blueprint as the member states were unable to reach a consensus. The CCIT intends to criminalise all forms of terrorism and deny terrorists, their financiers and supporters access to funds, arms and safe havens.
This was Modi’s second address to the General Debate at the UN, five years after his maiden speech as Indian Prime Minister in 2014.
The prime minister also noted that the largest number of supreme sacrifices made by soldiers of any country for UN peacekeeping missions is from India.
At least 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price while serving with the United Nations.
Modi said the world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, whose message of truth and non-violence is “very relevant for us even today, for peace, development and progress in the world.”
He said India was one of the leading nations in the fight against climate change, though its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions was “very low” as he elaborated on the steps taken by his government to fight climate change.
“On one hand, we are working towards achieving the target of 450 Giga Watts of renewable energy, and on the other hand, we have also taken the initiative to create the International Solar Alliance,” he said.
Modi said one of the effects of Global Warming was the increasing number and severity of natural disasters, and at the same time “they are appearing in new areas and in new forms.”
“In view of this, India has initiated the formation of the ‘Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure’ (CDRI). This coalition will help build infrastructure which can withstand natural disasters,” Modi said.
He told the gathering that India was initiating a very large campaign to make the country a plastic-free nation.
India has been advocating for the elimination of single-use plastic for long and Modi has used several international platforms to emphasise on the product’s ban.
Modi also elaborated on the various welfare schemes like ‘Clean India Mission’, ‘Ayushman Bharat’, ‘Aadhaar initiative’, ‘PM Jan Dhan Yojana’ etc, initiated by his government and said the experience from these projects could be beneficial to those nations, who like India, are striving for development.
“The very core of our approach is public welfare through public participation and this public welfare is not just for India but for the entire world,” Modi said.
Noting that modern technology is bringing about sweeping changes in every sphere of life and a fragmented world is in the interest of none, he pressed the international community to give a new direction to multilateralism.
He said as the world is going through a new era, the countries do not have the option to confine themselves within their boundaries.
His remarks came at a time when tech billionaires like Elon Musk and Jack Ma have put artificial intelligence (AI) in the spotlight, cautioning that the modern technology will inevitably change the way people live and work in an unprecedented manner.
Modi also referred to Swami Vivekananda’s historic address at the convention of Parliament of Religions in Chicago and asserted that India’s message to the global community remained the message of harmony and peace which the spiritual guru gave in 1893.
“One hundred and twenty five years ago, the great spiritual guru Swami Vivekananda gave this message to the world during the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
“The message was harmony and peace. And not dissension. Today, the message from the world’s largest democracy, for the International community is still the same: harmony and peace,” he said.
Quoting the Tamil poet Kaniyan Pungundranar’s famous quotes “Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir” which means ‘We belong to all places, and to everyone, he said this sense of belonging beyond borders, is unique to India.