Sunday, July 27, 2014

Income Tax Structure further needs to simplified – Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman

Income Tax Structure further needs to simplified – Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance said that tax structure needs to be further simplified so that it is easy for tax payers to comply and pay off the tax due from them. She said that the citizens want to become lawful compliant rather than tax evaders.

Ms Sitharaman was delivering the Valedictory Address at the conclusion of the two-day Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Director Generals, Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax here today. She hoped that the delebrations of the two-day Conference would be helpful to the senior officers in handling various tax related issues and in reducing tax litigation and strengthening of grievance redressal mechanism.

Earlier Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance released a Handbook on ‘Effective Handling of Cases before Settlement Commission’.

The Valedictory Address was also attended by Shri Shaktikant Das, Revenue Secretary, Chairman and Members of CBDT and senior officers of the Revenue Department among others.

Earlier, Shri R.K. Tiwari, Chairman CBDT gave details of the two day deliberations of the 30th Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Director Generals, Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax two-day and its major highlights. He assured that the officers of the Department will make all out efforts to achieve their respective targets in a transparent and fair manner.

He also said that the deliberations during the Annual Conference were very fruitful and would help the officers in dealing with various day to day tax related matters in an effective manner

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules…

While answering to a question in Lok Sabha on 16th July 2014 about misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession by the Central Government employees, Dopt Minister said that the “Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) had received a letter from Central Vigilance Commissioner addressed to Cabinet Secretary regarding irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) by the public servants in the Central Government, its Public Enterprises (PSEs) and Public Sector Banks, in violation of the guidelines.

The matter is being investigated by CBI.

Government of India formulates the policies and schemes keeping in mind the various service requirements of the employees and their welfare. Various Ministries/Departments & other agencies of the Government of India are responsible for the proper implementation of these policies. These policies are reviewed from time to time and also amended when situation demands.

In case of Leave Travel concession if any fraudulent claim is made, the irregularities are looked into in terms of Rule 16 of the CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim which may result in imposition of the any of the penalties specified in Rule 11 of CCS (Classification, Control and Appeal Rules), 1965. If found guilty, the Government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld during the pendency of the disciplinary proceedings”.

Source: CGEN.in

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