Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Govt warns employees against criticising policies

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  

The Centre has warned employees of disciplinary action if they indulge in criticism of the

t or its policies. 
The move comes after officers of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central
 Excise) and All Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers, among others,
 suggested changes in Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), a private company
 tasked with creating infrastructure for the goods and services
tax (GST), and composition of Revenue Secretary-led council secretariat.

“Of late, it has been noticed that some associations or federations have commented
 adversely on the government and its policies. It may be brought to the notice of all
associations or federations that if anyone indulges in criticism of the government
and its policies, appropriate action (including disciplinary action) shall be taken,” an order
 issued recently by said.

It cited service rules that bar any government servant from making any adverse criticism
 of any policy or action of the government.

“No government servant shall, in any radio broadcast, telecast through any electronic
 media or in any document published in his own name or anonymously, pseudonymously 
or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent policy or action of the central government or state government,” the service rules say.

Citing existing norms, the said the primary objective of the service
 associations is to promote common service interest of its members.

The ministry asked chief commissioners and directors general concerned to ensure
 that only recognised employees associations get the benefits mentioned in the rules.

All recognised service associations or federations are entitled for certain benefits such
 as correspondence and meetings with the head of administrative departments,
provision of accommodation for the association subject to availability, facility of special
 casual leave up to 20 days in a year to office-bearers of associations and payment
of Travelling Allowance and Dearness Allowance for attending officially sponsored meetings.

“In the case of service associations or federations which are not recognised or whose
 recognition has expired, office-bearers of such associations or federations shall not be
entitled for these benefits,” thesaid.

The central government holds 24.5 per cent stake in GSTN, while state governments together
hold another 24.5 per cent.

The remaining 51 per cent equity is with non-government financial institutions, like HDFC Bank,
 ICICI Bank and LIC Housing Finance.

“Management of be entrusted to Directorate General, Systems of Central Board

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, had recently
 approved ‘Project Saksham’, a new indirect tax network (systems integration) of the
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

The total project cost involved is Rs 2,256 crore, which will be incurred over a period of seven years.

Source :  http://www.business-standard.com

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