Thursday, December 22, 2016

GDS COMMITTEE REPORT

IMPORTANT NEWS

GDS COMMITTEE REPORT

SG NFPE met Secretary, Dept of Posts after two days All India Protest demonstrations by NFPE. Secretary has assured that GDS Committee report will be published immediately after 31st December and approval of Minister will be obtained before 31st Dec. 

In view of the above assurance, Federal Secretariat of NFPE decided to wait up-to 31st.

Next phase of programmers will be declared if report is not published as assured by Secretary.

This is already informed to all General Secretaries and Circle Secretaries.

R.N. PARASHAR
SECRETARY GENERAL

Payments towards Tax, Penalty, Surcharge and Deposit under PMGKY 2016 in Old Demonetized Currency allowed till 30th December, 2016

The Central Government has decided that up to 30.12.2016, the payment towards tax, surcharge, penalty and deposit under the Pradhan Mantri Garib KalyanYojana (PMGKY), can be made in Old Bank Notes of Rs. 500 and Rs.1,000 denomination issued by the RBI.

The Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib KalyanYojana (PMGKY), 2016 has commenced on 17th December, 2016 and is open for declarations upto 31st March, 2017. The payment of tax, surcharge and penalty under the Scheme is to be made through challan ITNS- 287 and the deposits are to be made in the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme,2016. The notifications relating to PMGKY are available on the website www.incometaxindia.gov.in .

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DSM

GS writes to Secretary (Posts) for withholding of PS Group-B exam held on 18-12-2016 till final outcome of OA No.180/953/2016


DAVANDURGAPEX-2017 - Philatelic Exhibition at Karnataka

DAVANDURGAPEX-2017, division Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from19th to 21th January 2017 at DAVANAGERE 577001 SK rgn Kranataka state.

venue : Sri Renuka Mandira,P.B Road beside Big Bazar davanagere 577001
Contact: The chairman,Davanadurgapex-2017,at the O/o the superintendent of post office Chitradurga division chitradurga 577501
Tel 08194-235695,235694

22 nd All India Conference of NAPE Group -C : NOTICE

22 nd All India Conference of NAPE Group -C : NOTICE

NPS – Open your Pension Account – using your own Aadhaar Card – under NPS through eNPS

The 12-digit unique identification number in your Aadhaar card has become the one point source for all your needs, which is not limited to only an identity proof or an address proof, but it is also expanding its dimensions to help people go digital. Aadhaar is used as a verification authentication to do your KYC under NPS accounts.

If you want to get monthly income after your retirement, you need to start saving in an NPS account. National Pension Scheme is a post-retirement scheme regulated by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA), introduced under the Government of India (GOI). The account can be opened by an individual or a body corporate.


It consists of two accounts – tier 1, which is a non-withdrawal pension account and it is mandatory to open. The withdrawals can only be made after retirement attaining the age of 60. Tier 2 is a partial withdrawal account with certain percentage limitations of withdrawals from time to time. Maximum 3 withdrawals can be done during the lifetime with a minimum gap of 5 years between each one of them.

Who can open an NPS account?

Any citizen of India (resident or non-resident) attaining an age between 18-60 years and complying with all the KYC norms can open an NPS account. NRIs can open their account subject to some conditions – they should have a bank account with an Indian bank having a base in India and a self-attested copy of passport. Contributions are made under the guidelines provided by RBI and FEMA which may change from time to time.

What are its benefit?

  • Opening an account under NPS will give you an additional tax benefit of Rs.50,000 under section 80CCD(1B) of ITA 1961, over and above the limit of Rs 1.5 lakh under section 80C.
  • There is no upper limit of savings under an NPS account. However, minimum contribution under an NPS account should be of Rs 500 per month and Rs.6000 per year.
  • NPS accounts are opened under the clear guidelines of PFRDA where NPS trust actively manages the performance of funds by its fund managers.
  • NPS provides flexibility in choosing funds for investment under different asset classes.
  • How to create a pension account through eNPS?
  • Follow these 10 simple steps to create your pension account through eNPS:
  • Step1: Visit the official website of NPS: https://enps.nsdl.com/eNPS/NationalPensionSystem.html
  • Step2: For new registration or completing the pending registration click on the ” new registration” or “completing pending registration” tab appearing on the home screen.
Step3: New users need to select the ‘new registration option’.

Step4: If you want to open your own NPS account click on ‘Individual Subscriber’ else for opening an account for a corporate firm click on ‘corporate subscriber’.

Step5: Select the ‘Aadhaar’ option to register yourself with eNPS account.
Step6: Select the account type from – Tier I & Tier II or Tier I only.

Step7: Enter the 12-digit Aadhaar number as mentioned in your Aadhaar card. Make sure that your Aadhaar card is linked with a registered mobile number.

Step8: After your KYC is processed through Aadhaar link, you will be routed to the payment gateway for making payment in an NPS account.

Step9: You need to take the print out of the form attach your photograph and do the signatures as mentioned.

Step10: Send the form to central recordkeeping agency (eNPS) within 90 days.

Source: enps

I-T Dept cautions taxpayers against sharing user ID, password

New Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The Income Tax Department has warned taxpayers against sharing their user ID and password with any unauthorised person, saying they too will be liable to face consequences for misuse of their confidential information.

In an advisory to taxpayers, the department's TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) Centralised Processing Cell (CPC) told assessees that their "user ID and password are the most sensitive information, misuse of which can lead to tampering of confidential TDS-related information, your own sensitive data and deductee-related confidential information".

It further said that "if a password is hacked or stolen, it can result in information security breach, leading to undesirable consequences, including privacy violations".

It asked taxpayers to exercise caution in use of log-in credentials at TRACES, which should not be disclosed to any unintended or unauthorised individual. "If shared, the person using login credentials shall also be liable to consequences," it added.

TDS Reconciliation Analysis and Correction Enabling System (TRACES) helps easy filing of tax deducted at source (TDS) or tax collected at source (TCS) correction statements by deductors/collectors and related functionalities.

The taxman asked users to secure their password with at least eight characters in length and a combination of lower case, upper case, numeric and special characters.

"Do not write your password on notepads or the whiteboard at your desk," it cautioned.

"Keeping sensitive information such as passwords in e-mails, folders and files in the computer can be risky. If the e-mail or computer account is hacked, then the perpetrator could misuse the passwords, steal money from your bank accounts, misuse your e-mail account or credit/debit card to access sensitive information from your machine," it said.

It has also asked users not to use the same password for different accounts. "Using the same password for more than one account is similar to carrying one key that unlock your house, car, office and safety deposit box. One lost key could let a mischievous unauthorised user unlock all doors," the department warned.

It went on to advise against sharing log-in credentials as also using the login credentials of any person other than the authorised one appointed by the deductor for carrying out any activity on TRACES.

"You are requested to similarly treat Digital Signature Certificate with utmost security, as the user ID and password on TRACES," it said.

Review of CSSS officers in the Grade of Private Secretary (PS) under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

Reminder-II
4/3/2016-CS.II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003, 20th December, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Review of CSSS officers in the Grade of Private Secretary (PS) under FR 560) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 - reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's D.O. letter No 3/8/2015-CS.I (D) dated 26.02.2016 and subsequent reminders dated 09.06.2016 & 08.11.2016 vide which all the cadre units of CSSS were requested to furnish the inputs in the format annexed therewith with respect to the officers who in the opinion of the Ministry/Department, are covered under extant provisions of FR 56G)/Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rule, 1972. However, the inputs sought in respect of PS Grade are still awaited from several Cadre Units.

2. All defaulting Cadre Units (as per Annexure) are ,therefore, requested to furnish the requisite information in respect of PSs Grade who are due for review under the provisions of FR 560) to this Department without further delay.

(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel.No.24623157

To
Under Secretaries of all the defaulting cadre units of CSSS

Bonanza for Central government employees: 7th Pay Commission recommendations rolled out

New Delhi: The government had in January 2016 had set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
The Union Cabinet on June 29 cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission headed by AK Mathur in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. However, the decision on 7th Pay Commission suggestions relating to allowances had been referred to a Committee headed by the Finance Secretary.

The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.
The 7th Pay Commission examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances.

On 29 June 2016, Government accepted the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission Report with meager increase in salary of 14 percent after six month of intense evaluation and successive discussions. The Finance Minister of India claimed it historical increase of salaries due to little knowledge of Sixth Pay Commission.

The new scales of pay provide for entry-level basic are now up from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.e. Secretary, it would go up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For Class 1 officers, the starting salary will be Rs 56,100.

The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

Here are the Key Highlights

  • Gratuity ceiling doubled to Rs 20 lakh
  • Housing loan allowance hiked from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh
  • Minimum pension increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 9,000
  • 7th Pay Commission recommendations to be implemented within 6 months from due date
  • Existing rates of monthly contribution towards Group Insurance to continue
  • Total annual burden of pay, pensions and arrears of 7th Pay Commission recommendations: Rs 1, 02,100 crore
  • 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances to be referred to a Committee headed by Secretary
  • Based on minimum pay, fitment factor of 2.57 approved for revising pay of all employees uniformly across all level
  • Minimum pay fixed at Rs 18,000 per month; maximum pay at Rs 2.25 lakh
  • The Cabinet approval will benefit nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners
  • Pay hike to be implemented from January 1, 2016
  • Budgetary allocation
While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries. Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it.

Source: zeenews

Notification Calling for application of volunteers from Postal Assistant cadre to work in PTC - Mysuru

Notification Calling for application of volunteers from Postal Assistant cadre to work in PTC - Mysuru as office Assistant regarding.
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Procedure to create MEMO PAD in DOP Finacle

As many POs are issuing wrong kit numbers, the procedure for dealing with such complaints is given below:

(a) In CCMM menu, go to Modify function --> enter CIF ID --> and use searcher to select the card number and click on GO.

(b) In the next screen, select the last available row, then select "Action" as Closure and Submit, then get it verified from the supervisor.

(c) There after, create a new CIF ID for the same customer, link the existing SB account to the new CIF using HCCA menu (CIF Merger menu) and get it verified.

(d) After successful verification of the same, go to CCMM menu and issue the new ATM debit card by entering the new CIF ID with correct kit number supplied to your office and verify it.

Centre okays ordinance for wage payment via e-mode, cheques

New Delhi: Promoting less-cash economy, the government today brought in an ordinance to enable industries covered under the Payment of Wages Act to pay workers through cheques or crediting money into their bank accounts, although employers will have the option to pay in cash.

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya had introduced The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Lok Sabha on December 15 but it could not be passed because of continued disruption of the Winter Session of Parliament due to ruckus over demonetisation.

The decision to adopt ordinance route to amend the Act was taken by the Union Cabinet.

Trying to clear the air, Dattatreya told reporters at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting that employers will have the option of paying wages in cash after notification of industries by Centre and states.

Confusion prevailed earlier in the day whether it would be mandatory for employers of the industries notified by the Centre and states, to pay wages through cheques or by crediting the same into employees bank account.

The bill however clearly states that "appropriate Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify the industrial or other establishment, the employer of which shall pay to every person employed in such industrial or other establishment, the wages only by cheque or by crediting the wages in his bank account”.

The amendment enables the Centre as well as state governments to notify industries where employers shall have pay wages either through cheque or crediting that into workers’ bank account.

Despite repeated queries the minister maintained that employers will have the option to pay wages in cash after the amendment in the Act through ordinance as well as the bill.

Dattatreya said however that the government has adopted the ordinance route because it was long pending demand of the trade unions.

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) General Secretary Tapen Kumar Sen said: “They are lying. The bill introduced in the Parliament clearly bars payment of wages in cash by industries notified by Centre and States. They just want to please Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

He also said, “It is not correct to take away workers’ right to demand wages in cash amid currency crunch when the entire banking service in the country is in disorder facing an abnormal situation.

“This is not the right time for bringing this ordinance as workers are already going through tough times due to currency crunch following demonetisation.
In a statement, CITU said: “This right to consent is

important for workers since at least 35 per cent of the habitations in the country are still out of the coverage of bank branches in the vicinity and also a big majority of workers including those in urban areas, particularly those in low-paid unorganised sector, do not have bank accounts. And in case of compulsory bank payment of wages, the migrant workers will be put in serious difficulty.”

As per the Bill, the new procedure will serve the objective of “digital and less-cash economy”.

The Act had come into force on April 23, 1936, providing for payment of wages in coin or currency notes, or in both. The provision for payment of wages by cheque or crediting it into bank account after obtaining the requisite authorisation of employee was inserted in 1975.

At present, the Act covers all those employees in certain categories of establishments whose wage does not exceed Rs 18,000 per month.

The Centre can make rules regarding payment of wages in relation to railways, air transport services, mines, oil fields and its establishments while states take a call on all other cases.

By making state-level amendments to the Act, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala and Haryana have already made provisions for payment of wages through cheque and electronic transfer.

At present, with the written authorisation of an employee, wages can be given through cheque or transferred to his or her bank account.

PTI

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances to be delayed as committee gets extension till February 22

New Delhi, Dec 19: Central government employees will have to wait till February next year to get higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The ‘Committee on Allowances’ has got extension till February 22, 2017 to give its report on higher allowances. The extension given to the ‘Committee on Allowances’ raises eyebrows because the panel in October said the report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is ready. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then formed ‘Committee on Allowances’ for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.
“The government gave its approval for the extension of the term of the committee on allowances up to February 22, 2017,” an official statement said. The committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was given four months by the Union Cabinet to complete its task. Ashok Lavasa, in October, said, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.”

Sources close to the Finance Ministry said the demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes that has led to a massive cash shortage has delayed the payment of higher allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The government hopes that the situation will return to normal after December 30 and it will be able to pay higher allowances to its 4.8 million employees.

The central government employees have been waiting for fatter allowance since July when the government issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th pay commission recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, which triggered a resentment among central government employees. To resolve the issue, the government formed the ‘Committee on Allowances’.

While the government plans to pay pay higher allowance, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, with retrospective effect from August 2016, central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016. Earlier, we reported that the government is planning to pay higher allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from February to minimise the expenditures. Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

Source : http://www.india.com

Delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years

F.No.CPAO/Co-ord/(107)/2016-17/542
Government Of India
Ministry Of finance, Department of Expenditure,
central Pension Accounting Office,
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110066
Phone:011-26178990 e-mail: sraocord-cpao@nic.in

Dated: 20th Dec, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 6th April, 2016 of DP&PW: Delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years.

Attention is invited to previously issued OMs to Ministries/Departments/ AGs/UTs by CPAa on the subject mentioned obove. It is observed thot progress in disposal of such coses hos declined in spite of repeated requests for early settlement of pending coses and out of 89,481 cases,25,692 cases are still pending for revision. To avoid delay in payment of revised pension and arrear to the pensioners, special drive is required to clear these cases

It is requested to clear all the pending revision cases by 31 st December, 2016.PAOs may be instructed to revise the remaining pending cases and send the revision authorities to CPAO for further authorization. It is also requested that in case some pending revisions are not covered under this OM, a certificate may be sent to CPAO in this regard so that these cases may be removed from the pendency list.

In order to further promote digital and card payments - MoF Statement

In order to further promote digital and card payments, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance issues direction in public interest all Public Sector Banks(PSBs) not to charge fees for transactions settled on Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in excess of rates charged for National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) for transactions above Rs. 1000/-, with service tax being charged at actual; 

For Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) transactions above Rs. 1000/-, a further discount of Fifty (50) Paise on these rates shall apply.

In line with the Central Government’s objective of promotion of payments through cards and digital means over payments in cash, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently rationalized customer charges for transactions up to Rs. 1000/- settled on Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) with effect from 01.01.2017 till 31.03.2017. RBI has also rationalized the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for debit card transactions up to Rs. 2000/- with effect from 01.01.2017 till 31.03.2017.

In order to further promote digital and card payments, the Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance has issued a direction in public interest to all Public Sector Banks(PSBs), in accordance with which these banks shall not charge fees for transactions settled on Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in excess of rates charged for National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) for transactions above Rs. 1000/-, with service tax being charged at actuals. For Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) transactions above Rs. 1000/-, a further discount of fifty paise on these rates shall apply.

This direction shall apply for all transactions up to 31.03.2017.


PIB

Whatsapp Group Administrators not responsible for content posted - Delhi High Court

20.12.2016
By Asheeta Regidi

In a welcome move, the Delhi High Court recently ruled that Whatsapp group administrators are not responsible for the content posted on the group by other members. The judgment follows an increasing attempt to impose responsibility on group administrators throughout India, evidenced by several arrests made of administrators for objectionable posts since the last year. The effect of this judgement, unfortunately, is limited to the territorial jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court. Hopefully, this judgement will encourage other states to take a similar approach.

The Delhi High Court ruling

In Ashish Bhalla v. Suresh Chaudhary, the Whatsapp group administrator was made party to a suit for a defamatory post made on the group. The Court held that the administrator could not be held liable for defamatory statements made on the group. It is not that without the approval of the administrator, the members cannot make posts on the group. The Court observed that holding the administrator responsible for such content was the equivalent of making the manufacturer of the newsprint on which defamatory statements are published liable for defamation.

Note that in this case, the argument that the administrator had failed to remove the members making the post was not addressed, since the argument was not formally pleaded in the case. Moreover, the post in question was found to not be defamatory at all, and to the contrary, a compliment to the plaintiff. It will have to be seen whether the courts will impose any liability on administrators under different circumstances- such as when the post is patently illegal, and whether the administrator has any obligation to remove such a member of the group.

Imposing greater liability on administrators

In the last one or two years, several attempts have been made to impose responsibility on Whatsapp group Administrators. One example is a District Magistrate’s directive in Jammu and Kashmir in April, 2016. All administrators of Whatsapp news groups were made responsible for the posts made, including for irresponsible remarks which led to untoward incidents. Another such directive was issued by the Jharkhand government on October, 2016, which directed group administrators to immediately remove members posting incorrect, misleading or antisocial posts on the group. Administrators were liable for any such posts on their group. Further, administrators were to be acquainted with every member of the group.

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Arrests have also been made of group administrators, such as the arrest of one administrator for a post hurting religious sentiment, and another arrest for objectionable video clips on the group. They are to be tried under laws like Section 67 of the IT Act, 2000 (publication of obscene material), and Section 153A (promoting enmity) read with Section 34 of the IPC, 1860.

Clearly, the Jharkhand and J&K directives impose too huge a burden on the administrators. Moreover, the administrators are being prosecuted under Section 34 of the IPC(Acts done in furtherance of common intention). It is very dangerous if administrators are assumed to have a ‘common intention’ with the member making an objectionable post, merely because he is the administrator, or because he failed to remove that member from the group.

An administrator is not an intermediary

The mistake by these actions of the authorities is in trying to impose a similar level of responsibility as intermediaries on Whatsapp group administrators. There is a huge difference between the two, and therefore there should be a difference in the duties imposed on each. Failing to do so will effectively strangle the free creation of and participation in Whatsapp groups, or any other such social media groups.

Under the IT Act, an intermediary is any person who, on behalf of another person, receives, stores, or transmits an electronic record to another person. In Whatsapp groups, this task is clearly performed by Whatsapp itself, and not the administrator. In fact, the administrator has absolutely no control over the messages sent or received in the group. Holding a group administrator to all the due diligence requirements of an intermediary, therefore, imposes an unfair burden on them. 

Alternatively, it may be argued that since a group administrator enables communication between various persons, who sometimes are not on each other’s contact lists, an administrator acts indirectly as an intermediary. Even so, the administrator would be protected under Section 79 of the IT Act, which grants the intermediary immunity w.r.t third party content hosted by him.

Administrators have limited control over posts

Note that the Delhi High Court compared administrators to the manufacturer of a newspaper, and not to the editor. This underlines the difference in the level of control that an administrator has over the content posted. The only control an administrator can exercise over the group is to remove members from it.

The problem with making this an obligation is that the administrator is forced to monitor and police the content posted on the group. As in the case of intermediaries, this imposes too huge a responsibility on the administrators. Even in the case of intermediaries, the obligation to remove content within 36 hours was made subject to receiving a court order to do so. When intermediaries are being freed of the obligation to police content, the same obligation should not be imposed on administrators.

Should liability be imposed on the administrators?

Imposing the obligations of an intermediary on a group administrator is clearly too much of a burden. Consider cases where the administrators are not even active on the group, and cases where a person doesn’t even know that he is the administrator of the group. For example, when an administrator leaves the group, Whatsapp randomly assigns the next administrator. In cases where the administrator has participated in the creation or publishing of an illegal post, he should be liable, but on the grounds of committing/ abetting the offence in question, and not merely because he is an intermediary.

The issue of rumours and other illegal activity on social media is a problem that needs to be addressed. However, an inadequate understanding of the technology behind social media, and the lack of any laws governing it, have led to these extreme measures being taken to curb its misuse. There is an urgent need to prevent this. Some initial steps are the enactment of a law on social media crimes and better educating the authorities dealing with cybercrimes.

The author is a lawyer with a specialisation in cyber laws and has co-authored books on the subject.

Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act

It is seen from the media reports that there is a general impression that is being created that the Government is bringing an amendment to the Payment of Wages Act to make mandatory the payment of wages to the workers only through cheque or accounts transfers. This is not the correct position.
It is clarified that the government proposes to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Payment of Wages Act which will further provide crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

This is being done to facilitate the employers from making payment of wages using the banking facilities also in addition to the existing modes of payment of wages in current coin or currency notes.
Also, the appropriate Government (Centre or State) will have to come up with the notification to specify the industrial or other establishments where the employer shall pay wages through cheque or by crediting the wages in employees’ bank account. It is, therefore, clear that the option of payment through cash is still available with the employers for payment of wages.

It may be understood that the Payment of Wages Act was passed in the year 1936 (eighty years ago) and the situation prevailing at that point of time has completely undergone a technological revolution. Most of the transactions now take place through the banking channels. The proposal of Ministry of Labour and Employment to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Act is an additional facility of crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

The above proposed amendment will also ensure that minimum wages are paid to the employees and their social security rights can be protected. Thus the employers can no longer under-quote the number of employees employed by them in their establishments to avoid becoming a subscriber to the EPFO or ESIC schemes.

It is also pointed out that the states like Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana have already come out with notifications to provide for payment through banking channels.

PIB

Medical entrance test NEET to be held in 8 languages

NEW DELHI: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges will be held in eight languages- Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- for the academic year 2017-18.

Also, the candidate qualifying NEET will be eligible for all India quota and other quotas under the state governments and institutes irrespective of the medium taken by candidates, subject to other eligibility criteria, the Union health ministry said in a statement.

In May, Union health minister JP Nadda had held a meeting with the health ministers and health secretaries of 18 states/Union Territories towards implementation of NEET across states.

Joint secretary, Medical Education, AK Singhal said, "The collaborative efforts of Central health ministry with the state health ministries have lead to this decision so as to bring parity for the students who have taken the state board exams."

NEET has replaced AIPMT and has been made mandatory for admissions in all-India medical/dental colleges which means no other state can conduct its separate medical entrance.

Promotion to Senior Time Scale in the Level-11 of the Pay Matrix (Rs.67,700-2,08,00)

Promotion to Senior Time Scale in the Level-11 of the Pay Matrix (Rs.67,700-2,08,00) {Pre-revised PB-3: Rs.15600-39100 + GP Rs.6600/-] of IPoS, Group 'A'.

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