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GST may finally be tabled in Parliament this session

After being stuck since 2005, the Centre and States seem to be inching towards a consensus to make GST a reality

 

The much awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) may finally become a reality with the Finance Ministry reportedly aiming at tabling the GST law during this session of Parliament. In what is a major move ahead, the GST had long been stuck because of disagreements between the Centre and States on matters of revenue sharing and items to be brought under GST.

 

"The matter (GST) was discussed elaborately. The discussions are moving in a positive direction," Empowered Committee Chairman Abdul Rahim Rather said after the meeting of the Finance Ministry with the State Finance Ministers yesterday.

 

Reports suggested that the negotiations between the Centre and the States had finally hit a breakthrough on Monday. The Centre reportedly made two main concessions for the negotiations to have moved ahead, one was to keep petroleum products outside the ambit of the GST and the other being that the Centre would guarantee zero revenue loss to States after GST is implemented.

 

Once implemented, GST will include what is currently taxed under excise duty, service tax as well as state and local taxes.

 

The Finance Ministry is reported to be looking to table the law, which will need a constitutional amendment, in the current session of Parliament itself.

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3 Documents that bare the HRD Ministry's mis-steps on Christmas

The HRD Ministry goofs up again to rake up needless controversy, this time in the matter of forcing Madan Mohan Malviya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary during Christmas

 

In response to HRD Minister Smriti Irani's strong denial of any missive to CBSE schools to stay open on Christmas, the Times of India published a clarification in support of the original story. The internet and the public were confused as to who was being truthful. Here are the three documents that make the story an open and shut case.

 

To begin with there was a circular issued from the HRD Ministry, as reported by Ruhi

Tewari of Indian Express. The circular said that instead on 25 December, schools were to celebrate ‘good governance day'. This would include essay competitions and remembrance of Hindu Mahasabha founder Madan Mohan Malviya and Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 

 

Based on these directions from the Ministry, the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti's Commissioner issued a circular for implementing the directions as below:

 

 

When Times of India published a story regarding the Navodaya circular, Irani took to Twitter to voice her denial as under

 

 

After Irani, the HRD Ministry issued a denial as below, but the matter did not rest there, with ToI putting up a defence of their previous story today.

 

 

In view of the chain of events, there is little left to the imagination as to what really transpired.

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How to get your passport easily

One of the most important things while obtaining passport is to have all required documents ready. Here is a checklist for obtaining a fresh passport, renewal of passport, passport for minors and getting additional booklet for passport

 

Moneylife Foundation's Seminar on how to easily obtain passports discussed the latest efforts by the government and its functionaries in making it a much smoother and simpler process for citizens. One of the most important things that emerged from the discussions with Dr Swati Kulkarni (Regional Passport Officer, Mumbai), TD Sharma (Regional Passport Officer, Thane) and Tanmoy Chakrabarty, (Vice President & Head of Global Govt Industry Group at Tata Consultancy Services), was that if the applicant has all the required documents ready, getting a passport is a 'breeze'.

 

Mr Sharma, a veteran in the passport office, shared with Moneylife Foundation a checklist of documents for passport depending upon four situations: applying for a fresh passport, passport for minors, duplicate passport and additional booklet or renewal of passport. You can download the checklists that would help you obtain a passport easily. To access these checklists, you need to register either with your Facebook account or Moneylife account. If you don’t have a Moneylife account, you can create one, right now. It will help you access a variety of useful content.

 

1. Checklist for fresh (first time) passport application...

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2. Checklist for minor's passport application...

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3. Checklist for additional booklet or renewal of passport application...

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4. Checklist for obtaining duplicate passport application...

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COMMENTS

Mathews Philips

2 years ago

My daughter has just turned 18 and passport is due for renewal.We reside in Thane and she goes to a college in Mumbai. She does not have any address proof in her own name. So would a letter from me along with address proof in my name and a society letter be sufficient for renewing her passport?

Best Regards

Darius M Bilimoria

2 years ago

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Now that I have had the police attend to the "incomplete address" after filling up the numerous details/forms and supporting PAN/AADHAR and what have you - all in triplicate, I do not know if the passport office is satisfied or not. I guess I will have to wait the next 7 months to hear from them, if AT All they do.
My suggestion is- entrust the whole job to TCS -empower them . We have trusted them so far, empower and entrust them with the whole process. In the meanwhile we can find new jobs/roles for the Old passport office hands. Let them not create jobs for themselves,by holding the public to ransom. As for Police verification- AADHAR is a complete document. Our beloved PM will not like to hear of this ugly incident.

Darius M Bilimoria

2 years ago

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So now I have to visit the passport office, not the one manned by TCS but the Old passport office at Worli. I thought it would be over in a short while. It is teeming with people and it takes over 2 hours to meet the officer at his desk- “to be only told you will have to go back to the police station” to have the remark removed. Lovely feeling, having the Passport in hand; but not knowing if it is a valid document. Will I be prevented at the airport from travelling? So TCS or no TCS, you cannot beat the system – say the Old hands at the passport office and our Mumbai Police. Can anyone set this right?

Darius M Bilimoria

2 years ago

Absolutely right, getting the Passport was nearly a breeze. The handling by the personnel of TCS contributed to the 'Airy' feel but it was the last stage when one is subjected to meeting the Granting officer that you realise that you are back to the Ole passport office. One cannot complain so far. And the passport is even delivered thereafter speedily. All is well so far. But..
Seven months later (yes 7 months)comes a letter from the Passport office to say that your Police verification has an adverse clause - address is incomplete. Mind you at this incomplete address the Postal services could deliver the package, but the poor Police man, remarked incomplete address. While visiting me at my address, he huffed and he puffed, saying that he had a rough time finding my place. When he saw that my Pyjamas did not have a pocket to hold a purse, he left and now I am made to suffer the consequences, because of his observation. Mind you this is the very same address at which my earlier passports of the last 27 years were delivered.
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