Tuesday, 23 December 2014

INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15

INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15

CIRCULAR NO : 17/2014
F.No. 275/192/2014-IT(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
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North Block, New Delhi
Dated 10th December, 2014

SUBJECT:  INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2014-15 UNDER SECTION 192 OF THE INCOME TAX ACT, 1961.
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Reference is invited to Circular No.08/2013 dated 25.10.2013 whereby the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income under the head “Salaries” under Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter ‗the Act‘), during the financial year 2013-14,were intimated. The present Circular contains the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income chargeable under the head “Salaries” during the financial year 2014-15 and explains certain related provisions of the Act and Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereinafter the Rules). The relevant Acts, Rules, Forms and Notifications are available at the website of the Income Tax Department- www.incometaxindia.gov.in.

2. RATES OF INCOME-TAX AS PER FINANCE (No. 2) ACT, 2014:
As per the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2014, income-tax is required to be deducted under Section 192 of the Act from income chargeable under the head “Salaries” for the financial year 2014-15 (i.e. Assessment Year 2015-16) at the following rates:

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Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector

Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector are annexed.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
19-December-2014
Civilians Working in Defence Sector

Details of benefits provided to the civilians working in the Defence sector are annexed.

From time to time Defence Civilian employees have been raising the demands that they should be granted Field Area allowance and Modified Field Area allowance as applicable to the Service Personnel and for providing other allowances like Aeronautical Technical Allowance, Airworthiness Certificate Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance etc. at par with technical defence personnel. It has not been found feasible to accept these demands as the job requirements and service conditions of Service Personnel and Defence Civilian employees are totally different.

In addition to pay and allowances, civilians working in the Defence Establishments located in Field Areas / Modified Field Areas are granted the concessions / allowances as under:

(I) Field Service Concessions in Field Areas (except static units):

(a) Free rations on scale applicable to combatants of the Army or Air Force, as the case may be, and fuel.

(b) Free tented / basha accommodation and connected service to the extent possible.

(c) Free clothing on minimum scale of Army Personnel if the Corps Commander / AOC-in-C Air Force Command considers the issue of such clothing essential for operational reasons.

(d) Free remittance of family allotments.

(e) Free medical treatment and hospital treatment.

(f) Wound / injury or family pension or gratuity revised from time to time, as the case may be, or compensation under the Workmen’s Compensation Act where applicable.

(g) 2 postage free Forces letters per individual per week.

(h) Remittance within Indian limits of money orders and Indian Postal orders free of Commission upto maximum value of Rs.30/- per month per individual.

(i) Retention of family accommodation allotted by Government at the old duty station on payment of normal rent. If the accommodation retained is required to be allotted to another entitled personnel for exigencies of service, the families may be shifted to an alternative accommodation whether appropriate or inferior to the status of the individual concerned.

(II) Field Service Concessions in Modified Field Areas (except static units):

(a) Free remittance of family allotments.

(b) 2 postage free Forces letters per individual per week.

(c) Remittance within Indian limits of money orders and Indian Postal Orders free of Commission upto maximum value of Rs.30/- per month per individual.

(d) Retention of family accommodation allotted by Government at the old duty station on payment of normal rent. If the accommodation retained is required to be allotted to another entitled personnel for exigencies of service, the families may be shifted to an alternative accommodation whether appropriate or inferior to the status of the individual concerned.

(III) Special Duty Allowance in the North Eastern Region.
(IV) Remote Locality Allowance with certain restrictions.
(V) House Rent Allowance in Field Areas in certain conditions.
(VI) House Rent Allowance in Modified Field Areas in certain conditions.

Defence Civilian employees are also provided Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Ratna De (Nag) in Lok Sabha today.

Source- PIB

EPF Claim settlement period reduced from 30 days to 20 days

EPF Claim settlement period reduced from 30 days to 20 days

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
19-December-2014 18:53 IST

Shri Bandaru Dattareya chairs 205th meeting of Central Board of Trustees of EPF
Claim settlement period reduced from 30 days to 20 days
Union Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattareya, today chaired the 205th meeting of CBT, EPF in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by representatives of employers, employees, the Central Governments and State Governments.

During the meeting, certain important issues were deliberated and decisions taken. It was decided that a separate Committee shall be constituted for looking into the question of deployment of EPFO funds for low cost housing, especially matters related to investment. It was decided that ultimate aim would be to benefit the EPF subscribers by providing avenues for housing. It was decided to allow EPFO to open accounts with other nationalized banks in addition to State Bank of India so as to facilitate collection of EPF contributions from employers. The Board recommended that necessary enabling provisions may be made in the scheme. In a major decision, the Board also recommended that the maximum permissible time for EPF claim settlement be brought down from the existing 30 days to 20 days thereby providing quicker service to the subscribers. The challenges posed in the existing investment environment was also discussed by the Board and it was decided that in order to maximize the yield on investment, an expert Committee shall be constituted for making appropriate recommendations. A mechanism for regulating the investments made by exempted funds shall also be worked out by an expert Committee.

The annual report for the year 2014 in respect of EPFO was approved by the Board. As per the report, on an average single day in EPFO, 211 establishments are newly registered and 1,16,206 members are enrolled. Rs 379 crore is received as contribution and Rs. 174 crore is disbursed to beneficiaries. Also, on an average, every single day 49,344 claims are settled and 5.43 lakh member accounts are updated. Also, the organization disposes 778 pubic grievances every single day.

The Board also approved the Revised Estimates for the year 2014-15 according to which 79,377 crore are received (expected) as contribution showing an increase of 14.77%. Out of the above, Rs. 59,346 crore is expected as EPF contribution, Rs. 19,000 crore as pension contribution and Rs. 1,031 as EDLI contribution. Likewise, income (administrative charges) is expected to be Rs. 4,905 crore which is an increase of almost 16% over the last financial year.

SOURCE- PIB

How to Join CGHS after Retirement

How to Join CGHS after Retirement
The central Government Employees those who are on the verge of Retirement are having many doubts about joining CGHS after retirement. Many queries have been raised by our viewers about registering with CGHS and availing the CGHS facility after retirement. Hence the details of joining CGHS and entitlement for availing treatments and its benefits, list of empanelled Hospitals are compiled and given under for viewer’s reference.

Medical Benefits for Retirees
All Central Government pensioners/family pensioners who were eligible for taking treatment under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) while in service are eligible for availing CGHS facilities after retirement, irrespective of whether they were or were not availing CGHS facilities while in service. Further, it is not necessary that these pensioners / family pensioners should be living in the areas covered under the CGHS.

Presently the CGHS facilities are available in the following cities:
Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, Nagpur, Noida, Patna, Pune, Shillong, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Central Govt. Health Scheme provides comprehensive health care to the CGHS Beneficiaries in India. The medical facilities are provided through Wellness Centres (previously referred to as CGHS Dispensaries) /polyclinics under Allopathic, Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathic systems of medicines.
a. 273 allopathic dispensaries, 19 polyclinics, 85 Ayush dispensary/ units
b. 3 Yoga Centres
c. 73 Laboratories
d. 17 Dental Units

The pensioners / family pensioners have to get their names registered with any of the CGHS dispensaries after submitting an application in the prescribed proforma for the issue of a CGHS identity card.

Procedure to Register with CGHS
1. One can get a CGHS card made from the office of AD / JD of the City.
2. Forms can be downloaded from CGHS Website or can be taken from office of AD / JD of city.
3. Documents required
i. Application in prescribed format
ii. Proof of Residenceroof of Stay of dependents
iii. Proof of age of son
iv. Disability certificate, if any in case of sons aged 25 & above, who would otherwise cease to be a beneficiary.
v. Photos of eligible family members
vi. Surrender Certificate of CGHS Card while in service ( only in those cases where CGHS Card was issued while in service)
vii. Attested copies of PPO & Last Pay Certificate
viii. Draft for required amount towards CGHS contribution – in the name of ‘P.A.O., CGHS New Delhi’ in Delhi-and in the name of ‘AD, CGHS of the city’.
ix. In case PPO is not ready for any reason there is option to get a provisional card on the basis of Last Pay Certificate.
x. The data is entered through computers and entered in data base and a printout is issued same day for immediate use. Plastic cards are subsequently sent to the residence of the card holder by post

DOWNLOAD : Proforma to apply for enrolment in CGHS
DOWNLOAD : ISSUE OF CGHS CARD FAQ

Annual and One Time Life Time fee for joining CGHS
Pensioners who want to avail CGHS facilities can make contribution either on yearly basis or one time ( ten yrs ) contribution for whole life validity.

Payment can be made by Demand Draft in favour of “P.A.O., CGHS New Delhi’ in Delhi-and in the name of ‘AD, CGHS of the city’. Contribution in respect of Pensioners are calculated on the basis of grade pay they are entitled had they been in service, but for superannuation.

Monthly Contribution for availing CGHS Facility

S.No Grade Pay Drawn Contribution(Rupees per Month)
1 Up to Rs.1650/- Per Month
2 Rs.1800/-; Rs.1900/-; Rs.2000;- Rs2400/-; and Rs.2800/- per Month 125
3 Rs.4200/- per month 225
4 Rs..4600/-; Rs.4800/-;Rs.5400/-; and Rs.6600/- 325
5 Rs.7600/- and above 500

One Time Payment for Life Time validity

Pensioners have an option to get their CGHS pensioner Card either by making CGHS Contribution on an annual basis (12 months Contribution) or by making contribution for 10 years (120 Months Contribution) for getting a Pensioner Card with Life Time Validity. Those who are willing to get CGHS card with Life Time validity should Pay the amount of 120 Months Contribution prescribed for respective Grade pay at the time of applying for CGHS Card.

Download OM : Contribution for joining CGHS

Entitlement of Wards in Private Hospitals
S.No Ward entitlement Pay drawn in Pay Band
1 General Ward Upto Rs. 13950/-
2 Semi-Private ward Rs.13960/–Rs.19530/-
3 Private Ward Rs.19540/- and above

Download : Medical Reimbursement Form

Medical Allowance For Retirees Residing In Areas Not Covered Under CGHS.

a. Pensioner residing in non- CGHS covered areas have the option to become CGHS beneficiary and avail CGHS facilities from the nearest CGHS covered city.

b. b.Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have also the option to avail Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.500/- per month and opt not to avail CGHS facility.

c. Pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have also the option to avail Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.300/- per month for OPD treatment and obtain CGHS card from nearest CGHS covered city for inpatient facilities under CGHS. No OPD medicines shall be issued in such cases.

d. CGHS pensioner beneficiaries (and their dependant and eligible family members) who are holding a valid CGHS Card and residing in a non-CGHS area shall be eligible to

i. obtain inpatient medical treatment and also follow up treatment from Govt. Hospitals / CS(MA) /ECHS approved hospitals on proper referral from CGHS dispensary and submit the medical reimbursement claim to the Addl. Director/ Joint Director of CGHS of city where the CGHS card is registered.

ii. In case of medical emergency , treatment may be obtained from any hospital and medical claim shall be submitted to AD/JD , CGHS of the concerned city.

iii. Reimbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates of the city where the card is registered and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals, whichever may be less.

Source: http://www.gservants.com/

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