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........ONE MAN COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED FOR GDS ....... SHRI KAMALESH CHANDRA AS CHAIRMAN OF THE GDS PAY COMMITTEE ...... NOTIFICATION DATE 19-11-2015 ... ONE YEAR TIME HAS GIVEN TO SUBMIT THE REPORT ........AIPEU GrC CHQ IS PUBLISHING HAND BOOK INCLUDING IMPORTANT GDS RULINGS (Chapter -IV) ....... AIPEU GrC PUBLICATION "GDS CRUSADER" IS UNDER UPDATION ....... .......

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......... NFPE & GDS (NFPE) filed a case in Supreme Court [WP (C) 1003 of 2013] praying : Implementation of 1977 judgement and declare GDS are civil servants & scrap the GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules 2011 as they are invalid and unconstitutional .... Supreme Court directed the case to Delhi High Court [WP (C) 168 of 2014].... first hearing was on 13-01-2014 and pleased to serve notice to Govt. & Department .... next hearing on 07-05-2014 ......Dept. given 6 weeks time & next hearing on 19-09-2014 ... Govt. filed counter affidavit .... next hearing is listed for 4th February 2015.......The case is transferred to Pr.CAT, Delhi .. next hearing on 08-05-2015 ...... next hearing on 09-07-2015.......next hearing on 10-09-2015...........next hearing on 18-11-2015........next hearing on 22-01-2016.........

Friday, February 5, 2016

Finance Ministry to refund Swachh Bharat cess recovered from SEZs

New Delhi: Providing relief to SEZ units and developers, the Finance Ministry today said that they would be entitled to refund of the Swachh Bharat cess, a levy imposed by the government from November last year to fund its cleanliness drive.
"The SEZ Unit or the Developer shall be entitled to refund of the Swachh Bharat Cess paid on the specified services on which ab-initio exemption is admissible but not claimed," the Central Board of Excise and Customs said in a notification. It had also specified a formula for calculating refund due to SEZ units and developers.
  
Government had imposed 0.5 per cent Swachh Bharat cess on taxable services from November 15, 2015. With the imposition of the cess, service tax rate had gone up from 14 per cent to 14.5 per cent.The cess was levied only on the portion of taxable services (after abatement) and  goes towards funding of the Swachh Bharat scheme, a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  
The concessions provided to the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) was expected to generate some interest of investors in them. Investors had been losing interest in these zones for various reasons including global economic slowdown, imposition of minimum alternate tax (MAT) and dividend distribution tax (DDT).
India News Desk


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GDS Committee wrote Letter to Federations to submit Memorandum within a month

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Sukanya Samriddhi Account ( SSA ) deposits eligible for deduction u/s 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES
NOTIFICATION NO. 09/2015
INCOME-TAX

21 st January, 2015

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (viii) of sub-section (2) of section 80C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby specifies the “Sukanya Samriddhi Account” for the purposes of the said clause.

This notification shall come into force with effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette. [ F. NO. 178/3/2015-ITA-1 ]

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AN APPEAL TO ALL GrC LEADERSHIP TO SUPPORT AIPEU GDS (NFPE) UNION


GDS - Recruitment related Orders ...

Dear Comrades,

It is reported that there are many number of GDS posts are lying vacant in almost all Circles. Our Unions are trying their best to brought the issue to the notice of the competent authorities for several times.


It is informed that the process of filling up of vacant GDS posts in the Divisions started in some Circles. For the information of the concerned the related/relevant orders on the GDS recruitment issued by the Directorate is published here under for ready reference.

Revised eligibility criteria for engagement to GDS posts:-






Selection Process of engagement to all approved categories of GDS posts - Review there of :-



Issue of clarification on computing of marks for engagement as GDS in light of the Grading System introduced by CBSE.




Review of educational qualifications of GDSBPM :-




 Stregthening establishemnt of single handed Branch Post Offices:-
Revision of selection process for engagement to all approved categories of GDS - preference to Casual Labourers - regarding:-




GDS post offered to the dependent of deceased Casual Labourer engaged on or before 01-09-1993 :-



Review of approved categories of GDS - fillingup of vacant posts of GDSMailman:-

Sunday, January 31, 2016

6 Signs That India's Unemployment Problem Might Actually Be Getting Worse

19,000 people applied for 114 posts as sweepers last week in Uttar Pradesh town Amroha, officials said. "Of some 6000 applications we have seen so far, many are graduates in arts and sciences, post-graduates, even engineering graduates and MBAs," Amroha municipal superintendent Faiz Alam.


“Even sweepers in our village have a good standard of living and send their children to English-medium schools," applicant Shamshad Ahmed Saifi of Makhdoompur village, a B Com final year student told the Times of India.

If Q3-Q4 2015, and January 2016 are a sign of things to come, India’s unemployment problem might get worse in the coming years.

75,000 well trained people want to be peons

Unemployment in India
The New York Times

Last year, the State Government's Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Chattisgarh, was barraged by 75,000 applicants for 30 peon jobs - for a 14,000 Rupee job that includes a task of fetching tea. It wasn’t surprising that of the 70,000 online applications and 5000 post applications, many included requisitions from qualified engineers and management graduates.  According to Census 2011 data, over 20% of Indian youth (between the age bracket of 15-24) or 4.7 crore Indians are jobless.

Cash burn is making startups panic and fire startup employees

Housing.com

Last year, realty portal Housing.com announced plans to lay off at least 600 employees, in the wake of wannabe maverick co-founder and former CEO Rahul Yadav's dismissal. "Housing is being completely restructured and performance for each employee across departments is being (scrutinised)," said a top executive at the company, which in July fired for bad behaviour after months of chaos.  "While some people have been asked to leave because businesses are being shut down, others because of under-performance and in some cases due to over-staffing," a source stated.

The going is good as long as the funds were pouring in


Fire fast is often more pragmatic option than failing fast, and India's fluid business models mean the need for constantly changing skill sets.  The one-year-young Gurgaon-based hyperlocal grocery delivery service closed a Series B funding round of $36 million (around Rs 237 crore) in October this year. In 2015, PepperTap laid off some 40 employees, pegging its current headcount at a little over 2,000.  Reasons for the layoffs? Poor performance coupled with a business rejig, as the startup shifted from distributed customer care call centres to a centralized one.

India is still hesitant to add women to the workplace

McKinsey women parity report
McKinsey

"Decreased labour force participation of women in India is a big problem. It is very important to promote their participation, their involvement in the Indian economy," the chief of International Labour Organisation research division Raymond Torres said while launching a new global unemployment report.

According to a McKinsey report, women’s equality can add another 12 trillion dollars to the global economy, and India stands to benefit quite a bit:  “...the best-in-region outcome could increase annual GDP by 2025 by more than 10 percent over the business-as-usual case, with the highest relative regional boost in India and Latin America…”

India's number of job seekers is only increasing

unemployment india line

India's unemployment rate remained at 3.5 per cent in 2014 and 2015 but will decrease slightly to 3.4 per cent in 2016 and 2017, according to the ILO findings. However, the number of people seeking jobs will increase to 17.6 million people in 2017 from 17.5 million people in both 2015 and 2016.   This is not India's problem alone: "The global economy is not generating enough jobs to reverse the continuing increase in the alarmingly high unemployment situation in the world," said the ILO Director- General Guy Ryder.  

The #StartUpIndia initiative doesn't necessarily mean more employment

startup india
reuters

Last week, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled incentives to boost start-up businesses. These included a tax holiday, capital gains tax exemption, a Rs 10,000 crore corpus, and and no inspections for the first 3 years of a startup's existence. It’s the exemptions from labour inspection that have scared India’s labour community. 

The popular faces of #StartupIndia, brands that can afford crores in advertising spends have hired – and fired liberally.
startup india

Soon after securing Rs 177 crores in funding to help it last another 12 months, Tiny Owl fired 300 people, in spree across multiple offices was that became the topic of much drama. By November, Housing.com had also fired 600 employees, and announced 200 more layoffs after its shareholders tightened budgets. Food Tech players Zomato and Foodpanda had also fired 300 employees each. PepperTap, which closed around around Rs 237 crore in 2015 suddenly fired 40 employees, citing poor performance and a newer business model.

(With inputs from Agencies and TNN)
Source :  http://www.indiatimes.com/
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There Is No Proposal For Introduction Of New Post Office Bill Or Bifurcation Of The Postal Department


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 
LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 4022
ANSWERED ON: 23.12.2015
Streamlining Postal System SANJAY(KAKA) RAMCHANDRA PATIL 
Will the Minister of
COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-

(a) the budget allocations made for the Department of Posts during the last three years and the current year along with the target fixed and achieved during the said periods and the shortfall, if any, in achieving the targets;
 (b) whether the Government also proposes to introduce new post office bill and also bifurcate the postal Department with a view to streamline the postal system and compete with the challenges posed by courier companies; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?
 ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
 (a) Details of budget allocations and achievements for Department of Posts under Plan, for which targets were fixed, for financial years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and the current financial year 2015-16, are furnished as under:-
 Financial Year
Budget allocation (in Rs. Crore)* Actual Expenditure booked during the financial year** % Achievement
2012-13 222.40 185.21 83.28
2013-14 430.00 393.80 91.58
2014-15 300.00 306.71 102.24
2015-16 468.61 174.86 Under implementation
*Final Grant for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 and BE for 2015-16
 **Booking up to 31st March for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 and up to 30th November, for 2015-16 Amount in Crore) 
(b) No, Madam. There is no proposal for introduction of new post office bill or bifurcation of the postal Department.
 (c) Not applicable in view of (b) above.


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