Rahul Gandhi: Ordinance on convicted lawmakers 'complete nonsense'

By making such a statement, Rahul Gandhi has made public the differences between the UPA government and Congress

Embarrassing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Rahul Gandhi has said the Ordinance on convicted lawmakers should be torn away.


Making a surprise entry into a press conference of Ajan Maken at Press Club in Delhi, the Congress vice president said, "It's complete nonsense. It should be torn up and thrown away."


Interestingly, Congress chief spokesperson Maken had defended the Ordinance minutes before Rahul Gandhi opposed it.


Gandhi said the government's argument is that it needs to do this for political considerations. "It's time to stop this. We cannot continue to make compromises," he said and added: "I personally feel that what the Government is doing is wrong."


The move is definitely an embarrassment to the Government, which was fiercely defending the Ordinance till the other day. The President himself was unhappy with the Ordinance.


Several Congress leaders, including Digvijay Singh, had opposed the Ordinance. By making such a statement, Rahul Gandhi made public the differences between the government and the Party.


Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has made it clear that it may hear the plea against the proposed Ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers from disqualification only after the law gets the nod from the President.


In response to the submission that the Presidential nod to the ordinance was merely a formality, a bench of Justices AK Patnaik and JS Kehar said, “Suppose the Ordinance is passed, we can still pass the stay order. You mention the matter on Monday, if it is cleared.”



Dayananda Kamath k

4 years ago

then does he consider the land bill a good bill which was brought at his insistance for doing heroism in supporting those agitators who attacked the police party to protect the kidnapped govt employees.if you have to pay 4times the market value for acquiring land who will acquire land unless he is insane. so they have blocked the land acquisition for development by this legislation. does he belive the food security bill is good one which is credited to his allow food grins to wrott and make a law to subsidise food articles whopping 40 times and crib over petrol susbsidy.oilfund which was created for this purpose by public by paying higher price for such a contignency was assurped by his father in his first budget to show lesser fiscal deficit. even one of the main reason for inflation was extending mnrega to all districts at his insistence. rs 80,000 crores were just pumped into the eonomy without any corresponding developmental activity. if corporates can take action for financial mismanagement then why not the cabinet for mismanaging the economy to serve the purposes of unconstitutional authorities.


4 years ago

His sudden appearance to address the media shows his immaturity. His father during his initial days as PM showed the same immaturity. We have seen many such antics from his late father (His foreign trips and diverting the aircraft on midair etc.,)

History repeats itself !


4 years ago

In fact Aadhar should be prohibited for any country related or national related or citizen related matter. Let it be just a private service to people at large, worldwide, as an identification system that is authenticated by the Unique Identification of India (World?). Let it just be a worldwide service for all people and let Aadhar guys make iot a for profit organization that can work toi contribute paise to the CAD problem that we have. Let it be a business. We in India can go back to what we had before - fraudproof because it is inefficient and distributed and flexible and human oriented and understandable and usable by the common man - better for all.


4 years ago

It must be a rare identification card, indeed, for a country, which can be obtained by foreigners and illegal aliens and further qualify for a host of benefits via direct transfer, that would be normally available to citizens below the poverty line! One can have hypocrisy, but this takes inefficiency to a new height. It looks as if the biggest follies of our country are embarked upon with minimum debate or none at all, on the basis of whim and fancy and the niceness of the people concerned. Then again, it is doing the work of the fraudster for him: agglomerating all identification data of a person at a single location. Now the fraudster only has to solve one set of problems. Wonderful - we are not far from anarchy.

RBI asks banks to bear the cost of deploying e-KYC of Aadhaar

In yet another example of burdening bank customers, RBI has asked banks to deploy infrastructure at own cost for using UIDAI’s Aadhaar biometric authentication for KYC

Although the Supreme Court has ruled that Aadhaar number from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is not necessary for essential services, several government agencies are enforcing it on helpless citizens. Going a step further the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is asking banks to bear the cost for deploying electronic-know your customer (e-KYC) launched by UIDAI.


In a circular issued on 2 September 2013, the central bank has asked banks to accept on-line Aadhaar authentication as an ‘Officially Valid Document’ under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.


"In this connection, it is advised that while using e-KYC service of UIDAI, the individual user has to authorize the UIDAI, by explicit consent, to release her or his identity/address through biometric authentication to the bank branches/business correspondents (BCs). The UIDAI then transfers the data of the individual comprising name, age, gender, and photograph of the individual, electronically to the bank/BCs, which may be accepted as valid process for KYC verification," the notification says.


RBI has also 'directed' banks to have proper infrastructure in place to enable biometric authentication for e-KYC.


Here is the operational procedure that banks are required to follow for e-KYC exercise...


The e-KYC service of the UIDAI is to be leveraged by banks through a secured network. Any bank willing to use the UIDAI e-KYC service is required to sign an agreement with the UIDAI. The process flow to be followed is as follows:

1. Sign KYC User Agency (KUA) agreement with UIDAI to enable the bank to specifically access e-KYC service.

2. Banks to deploy hardware and software for deployment of e-KYC service across various delivery channels. These should be Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Institute, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India certified biometric scanners at bank branches/ micro ATMs/ BC points as per UIDAI standards. The current list of certified biometric scanners is given in the link below:

3. Develop a software application to enable use of e-KYC across various Customer Service Points (CSP) (including bank branch, BCs etc.) as per UIDAI defined Application Programming Interface (API) protocols. For this purpose banks will have to develop their own software under the broad guidelines of UIDAI. Therefore, the software may differ from bank to bank.

4. Define a procedure for obtaining customer authorization to UIDAI for sharing e-KYC data with the bank. This authorization can be in physical (by way of a written explicit consent authorising UIDAI to share his/her Aadhaar data with the bank/BC for the purpose of opening bank account) /electronic form as defined by UIDAI from time to time.

5. Sample process flow would be as follows:

  1. Customer walks into CSP of a bank with his/her 12-digit Aadhaar number and explicit consent and requests to open a bank account with Aadhaar based e-KYC.
  2. Bank representative manning the CSP enters the number into bank’s e-KYC application software.
  3. The customer inputs his/her biometrics via a UIDAI compliant biometric reader (e.g. fingerprints on a biometric reader).
  4. The software application captures the Aadhaar number along with biometric data, encrypts this data and sends it to UIDAI’s Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR).
  5. The Aadhaar KYC service authenticates customer data. If the Aadhaar number does not match with the biometrics, UIDAI server responds with an error with various reason codes depending on type of error (as defined by UIDAI).
  6. If the Aadhaar number matches with the biometrics, UIDAI responds with digitally signed and encrypted demographic information [Name, year/date of birth, Gender, Address, Phone and email (if available)] and photograph. This information is captured by bank’s e-KYC application and processed as needed.
  7. Bank’s servers auto populate the demographic data and photograph in relevant fields. It also records the full audit trail of e-KYC viz. source of information, digital signatures, reference number, original request generation number, machine ID for device used to generate the request, date and time stamp with full trail of message routing, UIDAI encryption date and time stamp, bank’s decryption date and time stamp, etc.
  8. The photograph and demographics of the customer can be seen on the screen of computer at bank branches or on a hand held device of BCs for reference.

      i    The customer can open bank account subject to satisfying other account opening 



Ramesh Iyer

4 years ago

Many Banks don't accept the Aadhar Card as a proof of Address, though they accept it as a Proof of ID. Wonder why this strange practice.

Also, most Banks don't accept Aadhar Card / Letter as proof of ID or address for Demat a/c operations.

Builders must pay VAT on under construction flats says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court’s verdict that asked builders to pay 5% value added tax -VAT for under construction flats sold during 20 June 2006 to 31 March 2010.

The Supreme Court had ruled that value added tax (VAT) cannot be imposed on buyers and builders, developers have to pay the tax (5%) for under construction flats sold during 20 June 2006 to 31 March 2010. The apex court also clarified that VAT is not payable, if a fully constructed flat is sold to the buyer and builders will be liable to pay tax only on cost of construction.

However, there are chances that builder will recover these charges from buyers by adding it in costs and it will only create litigations between builders and buyers.

Earlier, citing a circular issued by the Maharashtra Sales Tax Department, builders were asking flat buyers to pay the additional money before 31 October 2012 for their homes bought between 2006 and 2010. However, several consumer organizations like the Grahak Panchayat had maintained that it is the builder, developer who will have to pay VAT and not flat buyers.

The Supreme Court order will have a direct impact on realtors from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The order also empowers all state government to issue circulars to levy VAT. Maharashtra government had issued a circular in 2006, and subsequently in 2007 levied a VAT of 5% on sale of flats.

The Supreme Court had clubbed 14 appeals from Karnataka and 12 from Maharashtra. Verdict means that developers in states such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, where VAT has been levied on such transactions will have to pay the charges. Builders were trying to recover this amount from the buyers.

Although, the state governments and even High Court has said that developers have to pay VAT, several were reluctant to pay the tax.

Advocate General for Maharashtra clearly stated, “Implementation of Rule 58(1-A ) of Maharashtra VAT shall not result in double taxation and in any case all claims of alleged double taxation will be determined in the process of assessment of each individual case." As builders have already paid taxes for raw materials and this may create issues of double taxation. However MVAT rule 58 (1-A) provides deduction of expenses on labour and service charges for the execution of the work related to the goods that has already been transferred.

Earlier, builders’ association CREDAI had approached the apex court after the Bombay High Court rejected their plea to impose only 1% VAT. In 2006, the state government imposed a VAT of 5% on constructions made between 2006 and 2010. The move resulted in an additional tax liability on flats, shops and bungalows sold by developers between 20 June 2006, and 31 March 2010.

To know more about VAT read, VAT on sale of under-construction flats in Maharashtra: All you need to know



Gaurav Goyal

2 years ago

purchased flat in oct 13 of rs 4100000 including service tax, paid 600000 as booking amount enterted into aggrement for apply of loan, loan sanctioned in a month paid rs 1200000 as part payment ,after three mont another payment of rs 500000 after two month rs 500000 part payment total 2800000 has been paid now the bulder offer final payment and includes 5% vat on 41 lac who has to pay and on what amount.

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