No Income Tax return for salary Taxpayers with income up to Rs.5 lakh

No Income Tax return for salary Taxpayers with income up to Rs.5 lakh -Ministry of Finance

Salaried Taxpayers with total Income up to Rs.5 lakh Exempted from filing Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2011-12

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified the scheme exempting salaried taxpayers with total income up to Rs.5 lakh from filing income tax return for assessment year 2011-12, which will be due on July 31, 2011.

Individuals having total income up to Rs.5,00,000 for FY 2010-11, after allowable deductions, consisting of salary from a single employer and interest income from deposits in a saving bank account up to Rs.10,000 are not required to file their income tax return. Such individuals must report their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and the entire income from bank interest to their employer, pay the entire tax by way of deduction of tax at source, and obtain a certificate of tax deduction in Form No.16.

Persons receiving salary from more than one employer, having income from sources other than salary and interest income from a savings bank account, or having refund claims shall not be covered under the scheme.

The scheme shall also not be applicable in cases wherein notices are issued for filing the income tax return under section 142(1) or section 148 or section 153A or section 153C of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Source: PIB

Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade of Rs.4200(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in GP Rs.2800 in Railways

(Railway Board)

New Delhi, dated 20-06-2011

The General Secretary
4,State Entry Road,
New Delhi – 110055


Sub:- Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade of Rs.4200(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in GP Rs.2800.

The undersigned is directed to refer to AIRF’S later No.AIRF/4O5(VICP) (138), dated 21-05-2011 on the above subject and to state that vide Railway Board’s letter dated 19-11-2010 it was clarified that the service rendered by the Pharmacists the scale of Rs.4500-7000 (Vth CPC scale) should be  reckoned as service in GP Rs.2800 for placement in the Non-functional Grade of PB-2/GP Rs.42O0. However, on  repeated references from Zonal Railways a reference was made to DoP&T seeking clarification as to  whether the placement of Pharmacists in Non-functional Grade of PB-2/Rs.4200 woul0d be reckoned for the  purpose of MACPS or otherwise and in response thereof DOP&T have clarified that every financial upgradation has to be treated as one upgradation. This position has been clarified vide Board’s letter dated 20-4-2011. Since DoP&T is the nodal Deptt. for MACP Scheme, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from instructions issued by them.

Further, based on recommendations of Fast Track Committee the Pharmacists have been allowed to be placed in Grade Pay of Rs.4200 on completion of two years of regular service in Entry Grade (i.e.Grade Pay of Rs.28O0). Thus the entry Grade for Pharmacists category has not been altered. As such Board’s letter dated 20-4-2011, in no way contradicts or nullifies Board’s instructions dated 19-11-2010.

Yours faithfully, 
for Secretary / Railway Board

Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade‘D’ (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS respectively

No. 20/49/2009-CS.II (B) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, 
New Delhi dated 22 June, 2011


Subject: Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade‘D’ (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS respectively.

It has been decided to create a grade of UDC ‘Non Functional Selection Grade’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Clerical Services (CSCS) cadre and Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Services (CSSS) Cadre in the grade pay of Rs. 4,200/- in Pay Band-2 with immediate effect subject to the following conditions:

(a)UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS shall be eligible for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade on completion of 5 years of approved service as UDC/Stenographer 
Grade ‘D’ subject to the condition that the total number in the grade will be restricted to 30% of the sanctioned strength (i.e.1104 in the grade of UDC and 385 in Steno Grade ‘D’).

(b)The officials will be placed in the Non Functional Selection Grade as per the following procedure:

i) Department of Personnel and Training (D0P&T) will issue a Zone of Consideration for placement of eligible officials in NFSG as per the Common Seniority List prepared and maintained by D0P&T in respect of UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.

ii) An internal Committee will be constituted by the Cadre Units to review the cases of officials for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade and to make suitable recommendations.

iii) The Committee shall consider the last 5 years ACRs/APARs of the officials. The Committee should satisfy itself that the overall performance of the official is “GOOD” in the last 5 years ACRs/APARs. Such officials would be considered suitable for placement in the ‘NFSG’.

iv) There should be no adverse entries in any ACR/APAR. If there are any adverse entries, it should be clearly brought out in the minutes as to why the official has been proposed for Non Functional Selection Grade in spite of adverse entries. The minutes should also include a certificate that there is no other factor or aspect affecting the official which will disqualify him/her for grant of ‘Non — Functional Selection Grade’.

v) SC/ST officials considered for placement in their turn to the ‘NFSG’ may be included in the Select List of ‘NFSG’ even if they do not fulfill the criteria as laid down in S.No. (iii) above, provided they are not found unfit by the Committee.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their U.O. No. 10/1/2010-IC dated 14.6.2011.

Insurers get second chance to bid for CGHS project

Insurance companies will get another opportunity to bid for the Union government’s ambitious health insurance project, ‘Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme’. 
The health ministry had earlier nullified last year’s bidding process due to changes in the terms and conditions of the proposed scheme.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance had won the bid last year to administer the health insurance project, meant for employees eligible for medical treatment under the Central Government Health Scheme(CGHS). It will have to apply afresh to qualify again.

The decision will also allow last year’s unsuccessful bidders such as Oriental Insurance, New India Assurance, United India Insurance, National Insurance, Cholamandalam Ms General Insurance and Star Health and Allied Insurance to try their luck again.

Sources in the ministry said the decision to cancel last year’s tender result was due to changes made in the list of beneficiaries, for whom the proposed health insurance scheme would be mandatory in the initial stages. The initial plan was to make health insurance mandatory for new recruits who join after the commencement of the scheme.

It was also decided future pensioners, who retire after the scheme comes into force, should also be asked to be part of it. Later, after finalisation of the tender, the ministry decided to keep this option voluntary for future pensioners and make it mandatory for recruits. 
The change, officials said, would have resulted in a difference in the number of estimated beneficiaries and hence, the re-tendering exercise.

The CGHS covers over 800,000 families, of which 500,000 are employees and 300,000 are pensioners, through its network of hospitals and clinics in 25 cities and towns across India. Since it has no presence in 10 states, it does not cover all the 3.2 million eligible families. With the government deciding to put a cap on its annual spend of Rs 1,600 crore, there is no alternative funding mechanism to turn health coverage inclusive. The new health insurance scheme is considered as an attempt to make this possible. 
The new proposal, for which expression of interests will be invited from insurance companies in three months, is expected to cover seven lakh pensioners in five years.

According to sources, ICICI had agreed to provide a Rs 5-lakh insurance coverage for each policy holder for an annual premium of Rs 1,500.

The officials said the initial contract would be for three years and the insurance company that administered the programme would have the flexibility to seek a change in the premium amount every year


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