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Why service-tax only on Speed Post
Dear Editor, It refers to Office Memorandum No. 36-71/2001-BD & MD dated 06.06.2006 which mentions that Service-Tax/Education Cess would be charged only on Speed Post (including Speed Post Gold) and Express Parcel Post while all other postal-services will remain exempted from these taxes and cess. It is absolutely ridiculous that differentiation may be done in respect of imposing Service Tax and Education Cess in Speed Post service including Express Parcel Post and rest other postal-services. Otherwise also it is like money going from one pocket to another when both Department of Revenue and Department of Posts are part of same Union Government with even Union Budget accounting for postal-tariffs and profit/loss account of Department of Post. Department of Post does not have its own bu...
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Inadequate rations at depots after floods
Dear Editor, This refers to ration quotas fixed by the CAPD after the floods receded and the scuffles between people and ration depot dealers. I am against the uncalled for attitude of some ration card holders who do not hesitate to catch-hold of the munshi, even thrash him for his no fault. I personally went to the ration depot to know the facts that irritated people when were denied the ration. The fact is that the CAPD is all responsible for this mess or to create unpleasant atmosphere at the depots where munshi becomes a sacrificial goat for his no fault. My ration depot where from I collect the rice has registered 1500 ration cards where as the rice sent by the CAPD does not meet the requisite number of card holders and that creates confusion at the depots and leads to scuffles. Thi...
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EC should be selected by collegium
Dear Editor, With retirement of Shri VS Sampat from Election Commission, post of one Election Commissioner has fallen vacant. Prime Minister Narender Modi during campaign for Lok Sabha elections had criticized Election Commission for bias. Such criticism was not new with some earlier Chief Election Commissioners having been criticized as ‘men’ of ruling political rulers having appointed them. But none of the party or alliance having ruled the country ever tried to take legislative measures to avoid such controversies. Election Commissioners should be appointed by a collegiums consisting also of Prime Minister and Leader of largest Opposition Party if possible by consensus in a manner Central Information Commissioners and Chief Vigilance Commissioner are appointed. It is indeed shocking ...
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Name ex-Prime Ministers who ‘compromised India’s deep assets’
Dear Editor, It refers to Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar making serious charge against some ex-Prime Ministers for their compromising India’s deep assets. It is in interest of the nation particularly its defence that names of such ex-Prime Ministers may be exposed so that people may be careful to prevent any such undesirable element to be seated on responsible post of Prime Minister. It may be recalled that the country has witnessed some undesirable elements being seated on post of state Chief Minister like Madhu Koda. Opportunist politics in India can even make some such ‘Madhu Koda’ even at post of Prime Minister who may sell India’s interests of every type according to their personal requirements. —Madhu Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba Delhi....
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Big expectations from NDA budget
Dear Editor, With the babble over the union budget in corporate India, the media and various other interest groups getting shriller by the day, the North Block, headquarters of the finance ministry, is “No Go” from January 5 to journalists scouring for bits and pieces on the likely features of the annual financial statement of the government. The ‘ban’ is until after the presentation of the budget. It will be the second full fledged budget of the Narendra Modi government, seen to be in an aggressive pro-reform mode. It has already promulgated a clutch of ordinances to give temporary effect to a few pieces of legislation like the insurance bill and the fresh coal blocks allocation bill blocked in the Rajya Sabha by the majority opposition. The major challenge facing the central and sta...
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Declare BCCI public authority under RTI Act
Dear Editor, Precious court-timings including now at Supreme Court are being spent on matters involving Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) with the Apex Court are now finally holding BCCI discharging public-functions due to several reasons. Therefore it is high time that BCCI may now be declared public-authority under ‘Right-To-Information’ (RTI) Act. Making BCCI’s activities transparent and accountable to public through RTI Act will tend to check scandalous irregularities in supreme cricket-body of the country where many close to high-ups in BCCI or in BCCI itself. It must not be forgotten that world’s richest cricket-body is funded by craze of citizens of India who take cricket as religion. BCCI thus apart from discharging public-function is also funded by people’s money, th...
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Audio and video recording of court-proceedings necessary
Dear Editor, Union Law Ministry had about a year ago taken initiative for initiative for video-recording of court-proceedings. But there has been no further progress so far in the matter. Suggestions for video-recording of courts’ proceedings are being floated for quite some now which is not at all difficult and expensive in present-days’ advanced technology. Steps should be taken for immediate implementation of the much-needed project at least at Supreme Court and High Courts. Rather there should be a system of audio-recording of complete courts’ proceedings. Copies of these audio-tapes may also be supplied to recognised media-subscribers on payment after the courts’ proceedings are over for the day to avoid any chance of misreporting of courts’ proceedings. Such audio-recordings will a...
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RBI should ensure benefit of cut in repo-rate for existing loan-takers
Dear Editor, It refers to recent cut in repo-rate by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by .25-percent aimed to give relief to loan-takers. But it is quite usual than banks and Non-Banking-Financial-Companies (NBFCs) do not pass benefit of repo-rate cut to existing loan-takers. Significantly in case of hike in repo-rate by RBI, banks instantly burden existing loan-takers through increased interest-rates. RBI should ensure that benefit of repo-rate cut may be immediately passed to existing loan-takers without being asked for by loan-takers. There are huge bargains in case of loan-takers by banks. Such bargains can and should be stopped by formulating same rates of interest on loans which may be different for different types of loans both for existing and new loans. Presently banks lure new loan...
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