Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cadre review cleared by group of ministers

Cadre review cleared by group of ministers

Paving the way for launching a massive recruitment drive to hire around 19,000 tax officials across the country in the next couple of years, the group of ministers on cadre restructuring of income tax department on Monday gave its nod to the proposal of substantially increasing the strength of revenue officials.

These recruitments will take place in a phased manner. While 800 of them will be recruited as Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers in Group A, remaining over 18,000 will be employed as Group B and Group C officials.

"The proposal will now go to the Cabinet. The recruitment drive will be launched after getting Cabinet approval," an official said.

Sources said the GoM — comprising finance minister P Chidambaram, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan and minister of personnel V Narayanasamy – also decided to extend the rank and pay of special secretaries to chief commissioners of large income tax zones and to chiefs of various directorates under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

It is learnt that the group of ministers gave its nod to increase the strength of IRS and other income tax officials despite opposition to it from Narayanasamy who argued that other departments may ask for increasing the strength of their respective cadres once the government allows it for income tax department.

The proposal was, however, cleared when the finance minister convincingly spoke on the merit of the decision. Ministers, during a brief meeting, agreed that the move will significantly increase the efficiency of tax administration at the time when the government is committed to increase its tax collection besides providing better and faster delivery of services.

The finance minister is learnt to have dismissed the argument that creating a higher number of senior positions would lead to problems pointing out that even states such as Andhra Pradesh had several chief secretary rank officials and there were more director general of police in place than the number of states. He noted that his ministry was going to undertake a restructuring of roles of the officials in order to ensure a greater mopping up of taxes.

It was pointed out in the meeting that the move would not only help tax payers in getting quicker refunds, but would also detect the high net worth individuals who, at times, either escape the tax net or just end up under-paying taxes.

Source : Times of India
[http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ministerial-panel-okays-hiring-of-19k-more-tax-officials/articleshow/19793542.cms]

Promotion Scheme for CGHS Homoeopathic and Unani Doctors

Promotion Scheme for CGHS Homoeopathic and Unani Doctors

As per the 5th Central Pay Commission’s recommendation, career progression had been granted to the ISM&H (Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy) Physicians possessing the medical qualifications approved by the Central Council for Indian Medicines/Central Council of Homoeopathy on the pattern available to the Allopathic doctors//General Duty Medical Officers of Central Health Service (CHS).


According to the Recruitment Rules for Chief Medical Officer (Non Functional Selection Grade), Union Public Service Commission has to conduct the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) process for promotion to this grade. In respect of the Unani Doctors, the CMO (NFSG) grade has already been granted to 8 eligible Unani doctors. In respect of Homoeopathic doctors, UPSC has asked for certain information / documents in respect of the officers under consideration.

This information was given by the Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Reduced to 60 Days from Existing 120 Days from Tomorrow i.e. 1.5.2013

Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets Reduced to 60 Days from Existing 120 Days from Tomorrow i.e. 1ST May 2013

The Ministry of Railways has decided that the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking reserved train tickets will be reduced from existing 120 days to 60 days (excluding the date of journey) from tomorrow i.e. 1st May 2013. The details are as below:-

I.    With effect from 01.05.2013, the ARP will be of 60 days (excluding the day of journey) and booking will be done accordingly. However, all the bookings done upto 30.4.2013 under the ARP of 120 days will remain intact.

II.    Cancellation of the booking made beyond the ARP of 60 days will, however, be permitted.

III.    There will be no change in the case of certain day time express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express etc. where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force.

IV.    There will also be no change in the case of limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

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