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Value of MP's new pay package is Rs 57L per year

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NEW DELHI: An annual package of Rs 27 lakh is nothing to sneeze at. If it comes with a flat in Delhi with free maintenance and subsidised food, it might even begin to seem pretty sumptuous. In case there is a bungalow, as availed by senior MPs, the perks can dwarf the salary. 

In a two-acre bungalow, the plinth area is unlikely to exceed 4,000 square feet and rest are extensive lawns, just the maintenance of which, according to CPWD officials, can add up to Rs 20,000-25,000 a month. The garden charges levied from MPs are as nominal as the rent.

With MPs obstructing Lok Sabha demanding their pay be hiked to Rs 80,001 as reccomended by a parliamentary committee, TOI studied the new and old salaries and also attempted to monetise various perks available to members. Some, like estimating how often an MP's spouse could use a free rail journey, could not be evaluated and were excluded. 

Based on averages calculated for an MP from Nagpur — a central reference point in the heart of India — the old package totalled Rs 48 lakh a year and the new one Rs 57 lakh a year. The yearly rental estimated for an MP's flat is Rs 30 lakh and for a bungalow Rs 9 crore. 

The rental for a flat of the proportions alloted to MPs at locations like North and South Avenue and Bishambar Das Marg is assessed at Rs 2.5 lakh a month after consulting leading real estate firms like Cushman Wakefield, C B Richard Ellis and other top brokers. 

It was not so easy to evaluate rentals for bungalows as such properties are usually owned and not often rented in central Delhi. But with an average market value of Rs 100 crore, rents for the Lutyens' heritage bungalows would be between Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore a month. 

As calculating value of facilities like free air and railway travel would depend on where an MP's constituency is located and will vary sharpyly, Nagpur seemed like a reasonable choice being at almost the centre of India. The 34 J class air tickets come to around Rs 5 lakh. 

Further away from Delhi, train journeys are less prefered as MPs look to fly. Delhi-Nagpur train travel takes 16 hours and it is more instructive to look at MPs from eastern UP. Given regular travel when Parliament is in session, for committee meetings in between, party work and lobbying cases, an MP may use free rail travel in some 30-odd trips. Keeping the Nagpur-Delhi MP AC I fare, the average was lowered to 25 trips. 

On the basis of this calculation, an MP's rail journeys could total Rs 56,000 a year and that of his assistant Rs 33,000. The water tariff that would be charged at the peak NDMC rate of Rs 10 a kilolitre would cost Rs 40,000 a year and 50,000 units of power Rs 1,80,000 at the top slab of Rs 3.60 a unit. NDMA rates are lower than what the rest of the city pays private discoms. 

The increases in constituency and office allowances add up to Rs 4,80,000 each a year. Of the office allowance Rs 24,000 a month is for a computer-trained assistant and rest for stationary and postage. The Rs 16 per km road mileage that MPs can now claim instead of Rs 13 per km are for travel from residence to airport in their constituencies and in Delhi. 

The parliamentary committee that reccomended a salary of Rs 80,001 a month — just higher than what the cabinet secretary gets — has suggested that daily allowances can be claimed for as many as 180 days or six months. This would actually push up earnings of MPs further than the current estimate but Parliament rarely meets for more than 120 days a year and members do not attend all days. 

The Rs 10-lakh a year salary that MPs get is taxable, but that is just the same for most income earners. The Rs 16,000 monthly salary that MPs have been earning was low, but not everyone is in a position to give themselves a three-fold hike and then demand even more — most wage negotiations will settle at some sort of a compromise.

(Source- TOI)

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IT Returns early to avoid the rush closer to the last date of filing – Income Tax Department

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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
01-July-2015 17:43 IST
Electronic Filing of Income Tax Returns for 2015-16 Commences; ITR 1-Sahaj, 2 and 2A can be Used by Individuals or HUF Whose Income Does not Include Income from Business;
ITR 4S – SUGAM can be Used by an Individual or an HUF Whose Income Includes Business Income Assessable on Presumptive Basis; Taxpayers Requested to E-File Their Returns Early to Avoid the Rush Closer to the Last Date of Filing.
The Income Tax Department has released the software for preparing the Income Tax Return forms 1- SAHAJ, 2, 2A and 4S- SUGAM for AY 2015-16. The e-filing of these return forms has been enabled on the e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.
ITR 1-SAHAJ, 2 and 2A can be used by individual or HUF whose income does not include income from business. ITR 4S – SUGAM can be used by an individual or HUF whose income includes business income assessable on presumptive basis. The elaborate details of the persons who can use these forms are available in the instructions for filling the forms.
The facility for pre-filling of information for these return forms is available in the software for preparing the return forms. When the taxpayer exercises this option and just fills in his PAN, then personal information and information on taxes paid and TDS will be auto-filled in the form. Taxpayers are requested to use the return preparation software available free of cost under the ‘Downloads’ section on the home page of the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The use of Departmental software will ensure preparation of error-free returns thereby avoiding any need for future rectification due to data validation mistakes.
Taxpayers are requested to e-file their returns early to avoid the rush closer to the last date of filing.

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Parliament panel wants doubling of pay, automatic pay revision mechanism for MPs

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NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has recommended doubling the salary of law makers and also increasing pension of former MPs by almost 75%. The joint committee, which has submitted its recommendations to the government, has also proposed an automatic pay revision mechanism for parliamentarians like that of pay commission for government employees.

Sources said the panel has made a total of around 60 recommendations. "The committee has reasoned that the last revision of MPs salary happened in 2010 and they don't get any dearness allowance like that of government employees," said a government source.

At present, sitting MPs get monthly salary of Rs 50,000. The panel has also recommended that the daily allowance of Rs 2,000, which they get for attending the House during Parliament sessions should be increased substantially, sources said.

"The hike is overdue. Our daily expenses only for offering tea to visitors come to around Rs 1,000. Can we stop showing this little courtesy to electorates?" asked a sitting BJP lawmaker.

TOI has learnt that the panel headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has recommended that former MPs should also be entitled for 20-25 free domestic air travel in a year and increase in pension from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 per month.

There is another recommendation that each sitting MP should get an additional free air conditioned first class railway pass for their companion, such as private secretary. At present, only the MPs and their spouses are entitled for first class AC travel. Moreover, there is a proposal that the MPs should get an amount equal to first class rail ticket, which is informally known as pocket money. Parliamentarians now get allowance equivalent to fare of one second class AC ticket.

Similarly, for air travel the panel has recommended that the allowance should be equal to one full ticket fare. Sources said some the recommendations are exorbitant and all issues would be looked into before taking any decision.

The panel has also reportedly batted for better facilities for MPs at airports where they can be facilitated. The committee has suggested that the health benefits that MPs get under the Central Government Health Scheme should be extended to their children and grand children as well.

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'One Rank One Pension' row: Ex-servicemen prepare battle plan to take government head on NEW DELHI: The government's refusal to commit to a time frame for implementing One Rank One Pension policy in the armed forces has prompted organisations representing ex-servicemen to resort to new tactics to press for their demand even as their members continue the relay hunger strike that they began in Delhi on June 15. The United Front of Exservicemen, a conglomerate of all veterans' organisations, has decided to hold protests outside homes of parliamentarians, send teams to election-bound states to discourage people from voting for the ruling National Democratic Alliance and hold flash mobs across Delhi to generate awareness about the issue. In addition to this, war widows will express their frustration by sending the President letters signed with blood along with a bangle. "The government is not realising the demoralising effect that its ignorance is causing on servicemen across the country," said Colonel (retd) Devinder Bahl, spokesperson of the Indian Exservicemen Movement, the organisation spearheading the protests around the country. Meanwhile, ex-servicemen from the National Capital Region are continuing their relay hunger strike at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, where many participants expressed dismay over the government's apparent failure to take notice of their protest. "We will stop fighting only when implementation of OROP takes place," said Krishan Kumar, a 1965 war veteran from Rajasthan, who is among those participating in the hunger strike. Several other organisations have also joined hands with the ex-servicemen to fight for the implementation of the scheme. According to data given by IESM, eight farmers' organisations are now part of the nationwide protests, finding resonance in the historic 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' slogan. Stressing on the raising anger among other ranks, Bahl said that the protesters are considering both direct action and indirect action to make the government sit up and take notice. Direct action will involve blockade of roads across cities and public transport or fasting unto death, whereas indirect action will take a more calculated approach, with spot mobs across the country, protest letters and large demonstrations. According to the members of the group, the majority is leaning towards the indirect approach though Bahl said that the floodgates cannot be held back for a long time, implying that the growing resentment may prompt widows of decorated servicemen, for instance, to begin a fast unto death. Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/one-rank-one-pension-row-ex-servicemen-prepare-battle-plan-to-take-government-head-on/articleshow/47889302.cms

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'One Rank One Pension' row: Ex-servicemen prepare battle plan to take government head on

NEW DELHI: The government's refusal to commit to a time frame for implementing One Rank One Pension policy in the armed forces has prompted organisations representing ex-servicemen to resort to new tactics to press for their demand even as their members continue the relay hunger strike that they began in Delhi on June 15.

The United Front of Exservicemen, a conglomerate of all veterans' organisations, has decided to hold protests outside homes of parliamentarians, send teams to election-bound states to discourage people from voting for the ruling National Democratic Alliance and hold flash mobs across Delhi to generate awareness about the issue. In addition to this, war widows will express their frustration by sending the President letters signed with blood along with a bangle.

"The government is not realising the demoralising effect that its ignorance is causing on servicemen across the country," said Colonel (retd) Devinder Bahl, spokesperson of the Indian Exservicemen Movement, the organisation spearheading the protests around the country.

Meanwhile, ex-servicemen from the National Capital Region are continuing their relay hunger strike at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, where many participants expressed dismay over the government's apparent failure to take notice of their protest. "We will stop fighting only when implementation of OROP takes place," said Krishan Kumar, a 1965 war veteran from Rajasthan, who is among those participating in the hunger strike.

Several other organisations have also joined hands with the ex-servicemen to fight for the implementation of the scheme. According to data given by IESM, eight farmers' organisations are now part of the nationwide protests, finding resonance in the historic 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' slogan.

Stressing on the raising anger among other ranks, Bahl said that the protesters are considering both direct action and indirect action to make the government sit up and take notice. Direct action will involve blockade of roads across cities and public transport or fasting unto death, whereas indirect action will take a more calculated approach, with spot mobs across the country, protest letters and large demonstrations.

According to the members of the group, the majority is leaning towards the indirect approach though Bahl said that the floodgates cannot be held back for a long time, implying that the growing resentment may prompt widows of decorated servicemen, for instance, to begin a fast unto death.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/one-rank-one-pension-row-ex-servicemen-prepare-battle-plan-to-take-government-head-on/articleshow/47889302.cms

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utomatic Refund of Confirmed RAC E Tickets on Cancellation of Trains

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Railways will automatically Refund of Confirmed/ RAC E-Tickets on Cancellation of Trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets without any cancellation or filing TDR

Ministry of Railways has announced that they will automatically refund the money of confirmed and RAC e-tickets booked in case of cancellation of Trains as being done in case of wait listed e-tickets..
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
Automatic Refund of Confirmed/ RAC E-Tickets on Cancellation of Trains 
Ministry of Railways have decided to grant automatic refund of Confirmed/RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets. There shall not be any requirement for cancellation/filing of TDR for refund of e-tickets in case of cancellation of trains. This will become effective very shortly.
In case of cancellation of trains, PRS counter ticket shall continue to be refunded across the reservation counter as per the existing provisions.
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(Release ID :122890)

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Poke me: Fix pensions for each rank and delink them from the last salary drawn

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The pay for each rank has to be judiciously fixed balancing both equity and how much the government can afford.
This week's " Poke Me" invites your comments on "Fix pensions for each rank and delink them from the last salary drawn" The feature will be reproduced on the edit page of the Saturday edition of the newspaper with a pick of readers' best comments. So be poked and fire in your comments to us right away. Comments reproduced in the paper will be the ones that support or oppose the views expressed here intelligently. Feel free to add reference links etc, in support of your. comments. 

By Samirendra Chatterjee 

In 2011, there were two versions of what 'One Rank, One Pension' (OROP) in the defence services entails. One: two people who have served the same number of years and have retired at the same rank should get the same pension. Two: two retired persons of the same rank should get the same pension, irrespective of the number of years they served.
 

The two versions of OROP have different implications.
 The differences arise because people who retire get 50% of their last-drawn pay as pension, till the next pay commission recommendation is implemented. After the new recommendation, the same pensioner goes to the bottom of the new pay scale, while those in service continue to get increments in the new pay scale till retirement. Today, OROP is in operation for people of all ranks who retired on or before December 31, 2005. 

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