Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Now the GST Taxpayers can file their GSTR-3B Returns in a Staggered Manner

Considering the difficulties faced by trade and industry in filing of returns, the government has decided to introduce several measures to ease the process. The Finance Ministry today said that now GST taxpayers can file their GSTR-3B returns in a staggered manner.

Presently the last date of filing GSTR-3B returns for every taxpayer is 20th of every month. From now on, the last date for filing of GSTR-3B for the taxpayers having annual turnover of Rs 5 crore and above in the previous financial year would be 20th of the month. Thus, around 8 lakh regular taxpayers would have the last date of GSTR-3B filing as 20th of every month without late fees.

The taxpayers having annual turnover below Rs 5 crore in previous financial year will be divided further in two categories. The tax filers from 15 States/ UTs, i.e., Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will now be having the last date of filing GSTR-3B returns as 22nd of the month without late fees. This category would have around 49 lakh GSTR-3B filers who would now have 22nd of every month as their last date for filing GSTR-3B returns.

For the remaining 46 lakh taxpayers from the 22 States/UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Laddakh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha having annual turnover below Rs 5 crore in previous financial year will now be having last date of filing the GSTR-3B as 24th of the month without late fees.

The Finance Ministry said that the necessary notification in this regard would be issued later by the competent authority.

In a statement issues, the Ministry further said that it has also taken a note of difficulties and concerns expressed by the taxpayers regarding filing of GSTR-3B and other returns. The matter has been discussed by the GSTN with Infosys, the Managed Service Provider, which has come out with above solution to de-stress the process as a temporary but immediate measure. For further improving the performance of GSTN filing portal on permanent basis, several technological measures are being worked out with Infosys and will be in place by April 2020.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

दीनदयाल अंत्‍योदय योजना-राष्‍ट्रीय ग्रामीण आजीविका मिशन (डीएवाई-एनआरएलएम) के तहत जमीनी संस्‍थाओं को मजबूती प्रदान करने के लिए ग्रामीण मंत्रालय ने बिल और मेलिंडा गेट्स फाउंडेशन के साथ समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्‍ताक्षर किए

ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय ने आज दीनदयाल अंत्योदय योजना-राष्ट्रीय ग्रामीण आजीविका मिशन (डीएवाई-एनआरएलएम) के तहत ग्रामीण गरीबों की जमीनी संस्थाओं को मजबूती प्रदान करने के लिए बिल और मेलिंडा गेट्स फाउंडेशन के साथ समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्ताक्षर किए। ग्रामीण विकास सचिव श्री राजेश भूषण की उपस्थिति में मंत्रालय की ओर से अपर सचिव तथा एनआरएलएम की मिशन निदेशक श्रीमती अलका उपाध्‍याय तथा बीएमजीएफ की ओर से श्री अलकेश वाधवानी ने समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्‍ताक्षर किए।

समझौता ज्ञापन में डीएवाई-एनआरएलएम और फाउंडेशन द्वारा भारत के गरीबों व हाशिए के लोगों के जीवन को बेहतर बनाने पर विशेष ध्‍यान दिया गया है। इसके लिए सीमांत ग्रामीण महिलाओं के संस्‍थानों के माध्‍यम से स्‍व-रोजगार को बढ़ावा दिया जाएगा। इससे गरीबी को कम करने में मदद मिलेगी। कौशल आधारित रोजगार के अवसरों में वृद्धि होगी।

इस अवसर पर ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय की अपर सचिव तथा एनआरएलएम की मिशन निदेशक श्रीमती अलका उपाध्‍याय ने गेट्स फाउंडेशन के साथ समझौता होने पर खुशी जाहिर की। उन्‍होंने कहा कि महिलाओं में उद्यमिता बढ़ाने के लिए मंत्रालय, कमजोर स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य, लैंगिक असमानता और अवसरों की कमी जैसी बाधाओं को दूर करने के लिए प्रयासरत है। मंत्रालय महिलाओं को वित्‍तीय संस्‍थाओं और बाजारों तक पहुंच बनाने में मदद कर रहा है। उन्‍होंने आगे कहा कि मंत्रालय फाउंडेशन की विशेषज्ञता का उपयोग करेगा, अपने नेटवर्क को मजबूत बनाएगा और डीएवाई-एनआरएलएम को तकनीकी सहायता और समर्थन प्रदान करेगा।

बिल एंड मेलिंडा गेट्स फाउंडेशन के श्री अलकेश वाधवानी ने कहा कि भारत फाउंडेशन के अनेक कार्यक्रमों के लिए एक केन्द्रित देश है और भारत के गरीब और सीमांत लोगों, विशेषकर महिलाओं के जीवन में सुधार लाने पर डीएवाई-एनआरएलएम के साथ भागीदारी करने में प्रसन्नता का अनुभव कर रहा है। उन्होंने कहा कि फाउंडेशन की सहायता में कार्यान्वयन गुणवत्ता में सुधार, श्रेष्ठ प्रक्रियाओं का प्रलेखन और निगरानी सीखने और मूल्यांकन की डिजाइनिंग शामिल हैं। श्री वाधवानी ने जमीनी स्तर पर गरीबी के उन्मूलन के भारत के विज़न में सहयोग करने के बारे में भी प्रसन्नता जाहिर की।

यह फाउंडेशन सशक्तिकरण और गरीबी उन्मूलन की दिशा में सामूहिक रूप से काम करने के लिए एक साथ आने वाले सीमांत समुदाय की ग्रामीण महिलाओं के लिए मातृत्व एवं बाल स्वास्थ्य उपायों के लिए स्वयं सहायता समूहों के साथ पहले से ही कार्य कर रहा है। ऐसे प्रयास महिलाओं और लड़कियों के सामने आ रहे बाधाओं को दूर करने में मदद करते है। इसके अलावा उन्हें यह भी सुनिश्चित करते है कि उनके पास स्वस्थ और अर्जन काल के प्रयास के लिए बराबर अवसर है।

यह योजना सबसे गरीब और सबसे कमजोर समुदायों को लक्षित करने पर विशेष जोर देती है, क्योंकि यह उनके विकास की बाधाओं को दूर करने की आवश्यकता को मान्यता देती है। डीएवाई-एनआरएलएम गरीबी उन्मूलन और ग्रामीण गरीब महिलाओं की जीवन की गुणवत्ता में बढ़ोतरी करने के लिए वित्तीय संबंध सुनिश्चित करने और सामाजिक पूंजी का निर्माण भी कर रहा है। यह डिजिटल वित्त, ग्रामीण उत्पादों के चारों और मूल्य श्रृंखला का सृजन, मार्केट पहुंच सुधारने, ग्रामीण उद्यम और सामाजिक विकास मुद्दों और सेवाओं के बारे में जागरूकता का सृजन करने जैसे वित्तीय समावेश के वैकल्पिक चैनलों के लिए नवाचार पर एक महत्वाकांक्षी योजना है।

सौजन्य से: pib.gov.in 

India achieves complete phase out of one of the most potent ozone depleting chemicals

India has successfully achieved the complete phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141 b, which is a chemical used by foam manufacturing enterprises and one of the most potent ozone depleting chemical after Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) .(HCFC)-141 b is used mainly as a blowing agent in the production of rigid polyurethane (PU) foams.

India has consciously chosen a path for environment friendly and energy efficient technologies while phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs). Importantly, India is one among the few countries globally and a pioneer in some cases in the use of technologies, which are non-Ozone Depleting and have a low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

India had proactively and successfully taken the challenge of complete phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141 b, which is a chemical used by foam manufacturing enterprises by 1.1.2020. On 31 December, 2019, as part of the Government’s commitment for moving towards environment friendly technologies, in a significant first, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) brought out a notification in the Gazette of India through which the issuance of import license for HCFC-141b is prohibited from 1st January, 2020 under Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation and Control) Amendment Rules, 2019 issued under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

HCFC-141b is not produced in the country and all the domestic requirements are met through imports. With this notification, prohibiting the import of HCFC-141 b, the country has completely phased out the important ozone depleting chemical. Simultaneously, the use of HCFC-141 b by foam manufacturing industry has also been closed as on 1st January, 2020 under the Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation and Control) Amendment Rules, 2014.

Nearly, 50 % of the consumption of ozone depleting chemicals in the country was attributable to HCFC-141 b in the foam sector. The Ministry adopted a structured approach to engage with foam manufacturing enterprises for providing technical and financial assistance in order to transition to non-ODS and low GWP technologies under HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP). Around 175 foam manufacturing enterprises have been covered under HPMP out of which, 163 enterprises are covered under stage II of HPMP. The complete phase out of HCFC 141 b from the country in foam sector is among the first at this scale in Article 5 parties (developing countries) under the Montreal Protocol. The implementation of HPMP through regulatory and policy actions, implementation of technology conversion projects has removed around 7800 Metric Tonnes of HCFC 141-b from the baseline level of 2009 and 2010 of the country. 

The phase out of HCFC-141b from the country has twin environmental benefits viz. (i) assisting the healing of the stratospheric ozone layer,and (ii) towards the climate change mitigation due to transitioning of foam manufacturing enterprises at this scale under HPMP to low global warming potential alternative technologies.

The polyurethane foam sector has links with important economic sectors related to buildings, cold storages and cold chain infrastructure, automobiles, commercial refrigeration, domestic appliances such as refrigerators, water geysers, thermo ware, office and domestic furniture applications, specific high value niche applications etc. In India, the foam manufacturing sector is mix of large, medium and small enterprises having varying capacities, with preponderance of MSMEs. Many of the MSMEs operate largely in the informal sector.

To ensure minimal dislocation in the sector and for enhancing the capacities of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in converting to low-GWP non-ODS technologies, training and awareness programmes on non ODS and low GWP alternatives to HCFCs including adoption of such alternatives have been organized in close collaboration with Industry and MSMEs will also be facilitated for adequate tie-ups with system houses, laboratories for getting their material tested, etc, in addition to organizing study tours, field visits, etc.

Noting the challenges, the Ozone Cell, MoEF&CC entered into a MOA with the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology, Department of Chemicals &Petrochemicals to facilitate and hand-holding foam manufacturing enterprises. Transitioning to non HCFC and low GWP alternatives. As part of assistance made available to the enterprises technology workshops, field trials, on-site demonstration and support, practical hands on training and product validation are being provided. Already enterprises assisted for stabilizing alternative technologies have been able to move towards adoption of alternatives at commercial scale.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in


प्रधानमंत्री ने 32वें ‘प्रगति’ बैठक की अध्यक्षता की

प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने आज, 2020 की पहली ‘प्रगति’ बैठक की अध्यक्षता की। यह प्रधानमंत्री की प्रगति के माध्यम से 32 सेकंड की बातचीत को चिन्ह्ति करती है। प्रगति केन्द्र और राज्य सरकार को शामिल करते हुए सक्रिय शासन और समय पर कार्यान्वयन के लिए आईसीटी आधारित मल्टी-मॉडल मंच है।

आज की प्रगति बैठक में प्रधानमंत्री ने 11 बातों पर चर्चा की। इसमें से 9 देरी हुई परियोजनाएं हैं। यह 9 परियोजनाएं 24,000 करोड़ रुपये से अधिक मूल्य की है और 9 राज्यों- ओडिशा, तेलंगाना, महाराष्ट्र, झारखंड, बिहार, कर्नाटक, आंध्र प्रदेश, केरल और उत्तर प्रदेश तथा तीन केन्द्र शासित प्रदेशों में फैली हैं। इन परियोजनाओं में 3 रेल मंत्रालय, 5 सड़क परिवहन और राजमार्ग मंत्रालय और 1 पेट्रोलियम और प्राकृतिक गैस मंत्रालय की हैं।

बीमा योजनाओं के तहत प्रगति- पीएमजेजेबीवाई और पीएमएसबीवाई योजनाओं की समीक्षा

इस बैठक में प्रधानमंत्री ने वित्तीय सेवाओं के विभाग के तहत बीमा योजनाओं जैसे ‘प्रधानमंत्री जीवन ज्योति बीमा योजना’ (पीएमजेजेबीवाई) और ‘प्रधानमंत्री सुरक्षा बीमा योजना’ (पीएमएसबीवाई) से संबंधित शिकायतों के बारे में हुए कार्य प्रदर्शन की समीक्षा की।

प्रधानमंत्री ने अपराध और अपराधी ट्रैकिंग नेटवर्क और प्रणाली (सीसीटीएनएस) परियोजना के तहत हुई प्रगति की भी समीक्षा की। यह परियोजना ई-शासन के माध्यम से प्रभावी पुलिस व्यवस्था के लिए एक व्यापक और एकीकृत प्रणाली है।

पिछले 31 प्रगति विचार-विमर्शों में प्रधानमंत्री ने 12.30 लाख करोड़ रुपये के कुल निवेश वाली 269 परियोजनाओं की समीक्षा की। उन्होंने विविध क्षेत्रों के 47 सरकारी कार्यक्रमों और योजनाओं से संबंधित शिकायत निवारण समाधान की भी समीक्षा की।

सौजन्य से: pib.gov.in 

Khadi fights back to prevent misuse of its Trademarks Internationally

In the recent days, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has taken various initiatives for protection and promotion of Khadi as a brand in India and internationally and are the registered proprietors of over a hundred trademarks registrations including the symbol of ‘Charkha’ in India and other countries like Russia, China, Germany, Australia, UK and Bhutan. These trademark and symbols, however have been misused time and again by private players for material benefits. In an initiative to prevent such misuse any further, for the first time KVIC has taken up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Permanent Mission of India at UN, Geneva seeking International Trademark protection of symbol of ‘Charkha’ under the article 6ter of the Paris Convention.

Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the protection of Industrial property of 1883 (1967 Stockholm Act) protects armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems as well as official signs and hallmarks of the States party to the Paris Convention. The signs published with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under this act are prevented from being registered or used as trademarks, across the world, without authorization. Quite noticeably, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been endorsing Khadi and due to his appeals the sale of Khadi has gone up manifolds.

Speaking about the initiative, Chairman KVIC Shri VK Saxena said, “KVIC is one of those unique institutions in India that links the nation’s past, present and future on its functional plane, through – self-reliance and sustainability. Ever since the pre-independent era, Khadi has been considered as the national symbol for Swadeshi. The word marks "KHADI", "KUTIR", "SARVODAYA" and the logo of Khadi India and Charkha are the harbinger of this spirit of Swadeshi, hence, must be protected at all cost”.

Considering historical and national importance of the trademarks, Shri Saxena has written to Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal seeking his intervention so as to expedite the matter pending with the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) which comes under the Ministry of Commerce.

KVIC is fighting cases in several countries for violation of the Khadi Mark Regulations. The regulations issued in 2013 by the Ministry of MSME, empowered KVIC to grant ‘Khadi Mark’ registration and take royalties from any producer using the Khadi Mark. In continuation, KVIC has issued notices against 600 entities in India, including a renowned garment chain and 3 entities in the International market for misusing these symbols and indulging in unfair trade practices in the recent past.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Ministry of Rural Development signs MoU with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) for furthering mutual objectives of strengthening grassroots institutions

The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), for furthering their mutual objectives of strengthening grassroots institutions of the rural poor. The MoU was signed by SmtAlkaUpadhyaya, Additional Secretary and Mission Director NRLM on behalf of MoRD and by Shri AlkeshWadhwanion behalf of BMGF in presence of Secretary, Shri Rajesh Bhushan who appreciated the initiative and collaboration between the two parties.

The MoU reiterates DAY-NRLM and the Foundation’s shared focus on improving the lives of India’s poor and the marginalized with the aim of reducing poverty through institutions of marginalized rural women for promotion of diversified and gainful self-employment while creating skilled wage employment opportunities.

On the occasion, SmtAlkaUpadhyaya, Additional Secretary and Mission Director NRLM, Ministry of Rural Development, expressed happiness on signingof the MoU with the Gates Foundation. She said that the Ministryis striving to remove barriers such as poor health, gender inequality and lack of opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship while providing them access to financial institutions and markets. She further added that the Ministry is glad to make use of the foundation’s expertise, and leverage its network, to provide technical assistance and support to the DAY-NRLM.

Shri Alkesh Wadhwani from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation saidthat India is a focus country for many of the foundation’s programs and is glad to partner with DAY-NRLM on improving the lives of India’s poor and marginalized, especially women. He said that the foundations support will include assistance in improving implementation quality, documenting best practices, and designing of monitoring learning and evaluation. Shri Wadhwani also expressed happiness towardsthe collaboration on India’s vision of eradicating poverty from the grassroots.

The foundation is already working with self-help groups (SHGs) for layering Maternal and Child Health interventions where rural women from marginalized communities come together to work collectively towards empowerment and poverty alleviation. Such efforts help to remove barriers facing women and girls, to ensure they have an equal chance to thrive and lead healthy, productive lives.

The scheme lays special emphasis on targeting the poorest and the most vulnerable communities, as it recognizes the need to address barriers to their development. DAY-NRLM is also building social capital and ensuring financial linkages to alleviate poverty and enhance the quality of the life of rural poor women. It has ambitious plans on innovations for alternate channels of financial inclusion like digital finance, creating value chains around rural products, improving market access, rural enterprise and also creating awareness on social development issues and services. 

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

राष्ट्रपति ने प्रधानमंत्री राष्ट्रीय बाल पुरस्कार प्रदान किए

राष्ट्रपति श्री रामनाथ कोविन्द ने आज राष्ट्रपति भवन में प्रधानमंत्री राष्ट्रीय बाल पुरस्कार 2020 प्रदान किए।


सौजन्य से: pib.gov.in 

Now the GST Taxpayers can file their GSTR-3B Returns in a Staggered Manner

Considering the difficulties faced by trade and industry in filing of returns, the government has decided to introduce several measures to...