Tax collection to be more humane: FM

                 Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee has asked Indian Revenue Service officials to consider tax payers as important stakeholders in nation building and to administer taxes with a human approach. He was addressing the 63rd batch of IRS trainees last evening.

             Shri Mukherjee pointed out that the shift in policy whereby tax payers are not seen as adversaries has resulted in a significant growth in tax collection during the past decade. He asked the trainee officers to imbibe this approach in their daily working.

           The Finance Minister said that direct taxes collection has increased by ten times during the past decade. He also pointed out that the share of direct taxes is now more than 55 %.

         The Finance Minster reminded the officials that it was due to increased tax buoyancy and collection efforts of Revenue departments that the government was able to waive off the loans to farmers amounting to Rs 71,000 crores.


Regulation of journeys by private airlines while availing LTC


                                               Government of India
                           Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
                                        Department of Personnel & Training
                                         Dated the 11th March, 2010

Subject:- Regulation of journeys by private airlines while availing Leave Travel Concession

                       The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Expenditure O.M.No 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 13/7/2009 and this Department's O.M. No. 31011/2/2006-Esst-(A) dated 27.7.2009 regarding journey by air while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC), stipulating that in all cases of air travel (including LTC) both domestic and international where the Government of India bears the cost of air passage, the official concerned may travel by Air India only.

 2.                 It is clarified that restriction of travel by Air India only need not apply to non-entitled officers who travel by air and claim LTC reimbursement by entitled class of rail.

3.                  The above orders will be applicable with effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum. Past cases already settled will not be re-opened.

4.                 This issues in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their I.D. No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 9.3.2010.
                                             Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

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