CIC MARCHES TOWARDS E-GOVERNANCE THROUGH PAPERLESS WORKING AS ROLE-MODEL FOR OTHER PUBLIC-AUTHORITIESFriday, 11 January 2019 02:42 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,11/01/18:Officers and staff of Central Information Commission CIC deserve full compliments for fulfilling commitment of Chief Information Commissioner towards successfully achieving almost a total paperless working as per ambitious government-plan for e-governance. It was nice presentation on 09.01.2019 by CIC-team at CIC-Bhawan New Delhi to explain in detail about the new paperless system with photographic comparison of old and new system where old system with full junk of files is now replaced by paperless working tables not only for Commissioners but for complete CIC-staff.
CIC should however make public on its website some of salient features of new paperless system which are presently available for their internal working only. Section-wise updated listing of decided court-cases and details of on-going court-cases challenging CIC-verdicts, updated section-wise compilation of DoPT circulars and complete case-files of listed cases at CIC should be put on regular CIC-website available for public-viewing. This will provide appellants, respondents and their representatives to put their cases more effectively during CIC-hearings. Making complete case-files at CIC public is of utmost necessity where presently co-respondents (public-authorities) cannot view case-files for getting themselves prepared for CIC-hearings.
New Delhi,10/01/19:Reports of scams and frauds by wrongly availing Input-Tax-Credit ITC under Goods and Service Tax GST indicate that already 3600 cases involving GST evasion of rupees 15000 crores due to wrongly availing ITC have been detected. It has become a common practice to sell GST-invoices to those availing false ITC when consumers do not insist on taking invoices or leave these invoices by getting some petty discount. These unused GST invoices are purchased by manufacturers to avail false ITC further leading to creation of unaccounted money thus evading even Income Tax also. To avoid this, a total overhaul of GST-system is of utmost necessity which has already undergone numerous amendments ever since it was introduced on 01.07.2018.
ITC should be available only for trading purpose, and not for manufacturing and service sector. Instead GST slabs can be reduced to compensate those who avail ITC honestly. For this GST in manufacturing and service sector may be kept at lower slab of 12-percent, even though best is to have a common lower slab of 10-percent abolishing slabs of 0, 3, 5 and 12-percent. Such a common 10-percent slab will give added revenue to public-exchequers with even commoners ultimately being relieved even though gimmick slabs of 0, 3 and 5 percent may be abolished.
Another higher slab of 30-percent may be for luxury and other goods of long-time use like even including air-conditioners, refrigerators, TV sets, washing-machines, cars etc where in some cases GST-slab was recently reduced from 28-percent to 18-percent. Even cess-culture on extra-luxurious items should be replaced by higher GST slabs in multiples of 50-percent.
# Input;Subash Agarwal
New Delhi,10/01/19: The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 last night. The Bill was passed as 165 members of the Upper House voted in favour of it, while seven members voted against. The Lok Sabha has already passed it.
The legislation provides for ten per cent reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions to economically backward people among upper castes.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the passage of the Bill as a victory of social justice as well as tribute to makers of our Constitution and freedom fighters.
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said the Bill has been brought with good intention and it aims at economic and educational empowerment of the targeted beneficiaries.
Participating in the discussion in the Upper House, Anand Sharma of Congrss, Prasanna Acharya of Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party supported the Bill, while AIADMK member Navneet Krishnan opposed it. Derek O’Brien of the TMC raised doubts over the passing legal scrutiny of the Bill.
New Delhi,08/01/19:It refers to government-decision favoured generally by opposition parties but only in principle regarding 10-percent reservation for Poor Upper Cast covering roughly 90-percent of people from General category with parameters defined for getting reservation-benefit being as high as household-income above rupees eight lakhs per annum, agricultural land less than 5 acres, residences less than 1000 square-feet and residential plot less than 100 square yards in notified municipal area and 200 square yards in non-notified municipal area. If central government is really sincere about Economically Weaker Section EWS of society, these parameters need to be made realistic. Otherwise proposed 10-percent quota should be doubled to at least 20-percent.
However proposed policy is not likely to be struck down by Apex Court which has fixed maximum 50-percent reservation-quota only for backward classes made under article 16(4) of Constitution as per 1992-clarification by the Supreme Court. Simultaneously Central Government should implement verdict dated 26.09.2018 by five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court for exclusion of creamy layer from reserved categories under scheduled casts and scheduled tribes. Reservation-benefits must be given to families with upto two children.
Complete policy of Reservation incorporated in the Constitution for a limited period of just fifteen years to create a homogeneous castles society is in itself a big failure where this policy has instead made people of reserved categories separately identified from others.
New Delhi,07/01/19:It refers to Railway Minister having sweet dreams of No-Tip era in trains with his announcement of some steps to prevent over-charging of food like free food-supply in case no bill is given. But in practice, all this is not at all practical. Only and best remedy is to replace food-serving by sale of packaged food by giving some nominal sale-commission to serving railway-staff. It is indeed very insulting that railway-staff towards end of journey start begging for tips even from foreign tourists which harms image of nation. It is beyond understanding how dream-steps of Railways can practically check begging tips by railway-staff that too at a time when even Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs legalizes tips by allowing service-charge levied in restaurant-bills.
Scope of Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited IRCTC should be increased for manufacturing bakery and other such items by setting manufacturing-units in different parts of country. One-time planned investment will create huge employment-opportunities and increase revenue-earnings for Indian Railways. IRCTC can be allowed to issue bonds for raising funds for the purpose. Items produced by IRCTC can be sold in Indian trains replacing serving of food. Rather IRCTC then can take charge of mid-day-meal in schools where complaints of inferior food and finding dead insects, rats, lizards etc are quite common, apart from selling its products through private vendors and Mother Dairy booths.
Otherwise also, compulsory charging of food-cost in rail-tickets unnecessarily penalizes those who do not wish to avail train-food due to various reasons including peculiar food-choice like without onion and garlic or not taking sweet-dish for being diabetic etc, It is a usual practice that serving staff earns money by selling unused packed food-items like Ice-cream cups left by passengers to others desiring extra either at cost or by way of tips.
New Delhi,03/01/19:Media-reports confirm about printing of rupees-2000 currency-notes by Reserve Bank of India RBI after about two years of launch to meet emergency situation subsequent to demonetization on 08.11.2016 of earlier notes of rupees 500 and rupees 1000.
Ruppes-2000 notes worth rupees 6.73 lakh crores were there in circulation on 31.03.2018 which accounted for 37-percent of total currency worth rupees 18.03 lakh crores on that day. Since rupees-2000 notes not commonly seen are mainly hoarded as unaccounted currency and for illegal currency-circulation, even a currency-crunch developed in the country some time back.
Even though demonetization on 08.11.2016 was a bold step for checking unaccounted deals, yet poor and unplanned implementation could not give the desired results with currency-circulation presently crossing the figure before demonetisation on 08.11.2016 thus negating the real purpose of demonetization.
Since rupees-2000 notes are not much in hands of commoners, a well-planned demonetisation of rupees-2000 notes by asking public to deposit all these notes in their banks before a stipulated date can yield the desired result of checking unaccounted transactions and replacing cash-deals by banking-transactions. Voluntary-Disclosure-Scheme for unaccounted cash announced simultaneously with announcement of demonetising rupees-2000 notes can overflow public-exchequers. Demonetization of currency-notes of rupees 1000 and 500 done on 08.11.2016 will be incomplete till rupees-2000 notes issued in emergency conditions are demonetised.
New Delhi,28/12/18:It refers to the film Accidental-Prime-Minister released on 28.12.2018. The film based on the book by Sanjay Baru, media-advisor to the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has caused waves of embarrassment in Congress party for obvious reasons confusing everyone in the party whether to demand ban on the film or not. Any such demand to ban would have been considered as attack on freedom of expression.
Damage-control exercise of Congress President by giving special honour of symbolic cake-cutting to Dr Manmohan Singh on occasion of Foundation-Day of oldest political party with Congress President seen helping him, and confusing talks by party-cadre for demand to ban of the film bounced back giving extra publicity to the film which is said to have projected Dr Manmohansingh having acted on directions of the then Congress President during his tenure as Prime Minister. Ignoring release of film would have been beneficial for Congress.
It is noteworthy that famous Hindi film Aandhi was banned in Congress regime at the centre because of common knowledge that the film was based on real life of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
New Delhi,25/12/18:: On 30th of December ‘2018 PM Shri. Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Port Blair to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose lead Indian National Army’s takeover of the Andaman Nicobar Islands on 30th of Dec 1943. Netaji’s INA along with the Japanese had defeated the British in a war to take over the islands on that date. Back then Netaji had renamed Andaman Nicobar islands as Swaraj Azad islands. The Narendra Modi government has acceded to rename Andaman & Nicobar ‘s Ross island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose island, it’s Neil island shall be known as Shahid Dweep and it’s Havelock island shall be known as Swaraj Dweep. The same was announced by noted socio-political leader, Chairman of SNSMT who is also a lead member of the Netaji Movement Shri. Suparno Satpathy on his twitter handle. It is said the name changes shall take place after the PM’s said visit and his announcement of the said on 30 Dec `2018
On the said day the PM shall be hoisting the Indian national flag from the newly installed 150 meter tall post and shall also be commemorating the day with unveiling a coin as well as a postage stamp.