CBSE: No more failed students

Students enrolled in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will no longer be ‘failed’ as the grading system proposed to replace marking systems next year on will just term a student scoring less than 32 per cent marks as one that ‘needs improvement’. Students scoring less than 32 per cent marks will be graded ‘E’ — ’Needs Improvement’ — while those scoring over 95 per cent will be graded A1 and termed ‘Truly exceptional’. Those scoring between 92-94 per cent will be termed ‘outstanding’.

This nine-point grading system will ensure that students must score at least 33 per cent in five subjects to get a certificate while those who do not manage to make the cut in five subjects will be given a ‘Statement of Performance’. The CBSE is planning a nine-point grading system to replace marking system as part of academic reforms and in keeping with the recommendations made in the National Curriculum Framework, 2005.

The CBSE will also be making the Class X boards optional from the session 2010-11 at the instance of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. As per the plan, students in CBSE schools up to Class XII will not need to appear for Class X boards and will instead just go through a Comprehensive and Continued Evaluation (CEE) system. However, students who have to change schools after Class X will be able to appear for the Boards.

Source: Express India

Incentive Increments to SportsPersons

No.6/2/2008-Pay-1 Government of India M/o Personnel, PO & Pensions Department of Personnel and Training New Delhi, 2009. OFFICE MEMORANDUM Subject:- Incentive increments to sportspersons for outstanding sports achievements at National and International levels. Reference is invited to this Department's OM of even number dated 26th August, 2008 and subsequent reminder dated 3rd October, 2008 and 12th September, 2008 whereby it has been requested to furnish views regarding the quantum of lump-sum incentives to be granted to sportspersons who win a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal in the Nationallinternational Tournaments. A copy of the OM dated 26th August, 2008 has been uploaded on the DOPT website. 2. All the Ministries/Departments are again requested to expedite the matter and furnish their considered views at the earliest to enable this Department to review the existing provisions for grant of incentives to Government servants who acheive excellence in the sporting events of National international importance. (B,R, Mukhokpadhyay Director(pay) View the copy of OM dated 26th August 2008

Deduction of Tax at Source From Payments of 60% Arrears

F.No.275/192/2008-IT(B) Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Dated 31th August,2009. Subject:- Clarification regarding deduction of tax at source from payments of second installment of arrears to Government employees on account of implementation of Sixth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations matter regarding. Under the provisions of Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, an employer is required to deduct tax at source from any payments in the nature of salary, which inter alia also includes any arrear payments. The Implementation Cell of the Department of Expenditure, Govt of India, vide its Office Order dated 30th Aug’08 had stated that 40% of the aggregate arrear (first installment of arrears) would be payable during FY 2008-09. In Circular No. 09/2008 dated 29th Sept.2008 issued from this office it was stated that during 2008-09 the tax has to be deducted at source on this 40% of aggregate arrear during FY 2008-09The OM,F.No-1//1/2008-IC, of the Implementation Cell of the Department of Expenditure, Govt of India, vide its order dated 25th August,2009 has stated that the remaining 60% of the aggregate arrear (second installment of arrears) would be paid to the concerned Government servants during FY 2009-10. Such arrangements could be followed by State Governments also. In this regard, all the DDOs and PAOs as the case may be, in the Central/State Government and various organizations under them are advised to compute the correct tax liability of every employee on second installment of arrears drawn by him and immediately recover the full tax liability along with education cess thereon at the rates in force. The deduction of tax at source on such arrear payment should not be deferred in any circumstance. They should further ensure that the tax so recovered is paid to the account of Central Government account immediately as per the Income Tax Rules, 1962. The DDOs/PAOs are further advised that they should ensure that the PAN details of the deductees (recipient of arrears) are correctly quoted in the relevant quarterly e-TDS returns filed by them so that the Government Servants get propercredit of their tax deducted in their respective income tax returns. DDOs/PAOs who fail to comply with the provisions of Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 would be liable to pay interest under section 201(1)/(1A) of Income Tax Act along with other penal consequences.

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