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STRIKE 8th JAN 2013-MEASURIES FOR DEALING

Certain Organisations of State Government Employees and Teachers have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from 08th January 2013. To meet the situation, in case the threatened strike materialises, the following  to be considered.
  • Leave of any kind should not ordinarily be granted for strike days (Exceptional cases in GO)
  • Head of Departments and sanctioning authorities shall insist on Medical certificates from Government Doctors in the proper form.
  • The applications for leave from the employees should be disposed of immediately and should not be kept without disposal.
  • If the Head of an office is no strike and as a result the office is closed, thereby preventing employees not on strike from attending the office, they may report before the District officer. The DO should make necessary arrangements for opening the office in such case.
  • The unauthorized absence of the employees for participation in strike will be treated as dies non.
For more details download the GO from the link below

ARREAR TO GPF-TDS CALCULATION-IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT

                         Most of the employees feel very uncomfortable to pay income tax for the Arrear (Pay arrear of DA arrear) which has been credited to GPF account. Though they are not receiving any monetary benefit for the time being, they should have to include this amount too with the total income and have remit TDS for the amount. This judgment may be a relief in  similar situations.
                         This is an important Judgment from Hon’ble High court of Kerala in respect of Income tax to be deducted from the arrear amount that to be merged with the PF account of the employees.
                         There was a direction to deposit the amount in GPF accounts after deducting the Income Tax at source, in terms of Section 192 of the Income Tax Act, so as to relieve from the burden of finding money for payment of income tax from other source.
                         Whenever the bills are prepared in respect of the arrear payment, the DDO of the institution should also see that, the income tax payable in respect of such amounts is shown separately and that, arrangements are made for remittance of the same in the Treasury, so as to meet the requirement of payment of income tax. Appropriate steps shall be pursued by the Treasury officer as well, so as to give effect to the verdict as above and the balance amount alone shall be credited in the GPF account.



KERALA PUBLIC EXPENDITURE REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT

Third Kerala Public Expenditure Review Committee- First Report
The Third Public Expenditure Review  Committee constituted under section 6 of the Kerala Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2003(Act 29 of 2003)has submitted the first report.Click here to download the report.

IMPORTANT RECCOMENDATIONS
  • Misclassification of taxes has been observed. The Committee recommends to conduct reconciliation of accounts of tax collection to ensure the recording oftransactions under proper heads of accounts.
  • In spite of high potentiality of non-tax revenue (such as land revenue, forest revenue, user charges etc), its collection is much lower than the average of Southern States and all states. The Committee recommends an exhaustive study in this respect by an expert group at the earliest .
  • recommends appropriate steps to control distortive tendencies of tax evasion, avoidance and trade diversion.
  • The root cause for the higher revenue and fiscal deficit in the state is the mounting expenditure on four items viz., salaries to government staff, teaching grants to private aided educational institutions, pensions and interests. The Committee recommends changes in fiscal policy and priorities in public spending to address this issue especially on the four items (para4.4).
  • The large and mounting expenditure on salaries and pensions due to its revisions in every five years is a basic cause for the continuous revenue and fiscal deficit of the state. Taking into consideration of the critical fiscal situation of the State, the Committee recommends (i) the revision of salaries and pensions once in 10 years as
    followed by central government; (ii) to reduce the item of expenditure through introduction of e-governance, payment of salaries, pensions, social welfare schemes through banks, introduction of email for official communications etc; (iii) some of the subsidiary activities like watch and ward, cleaning, gardening, transport of officials, delivery of mails etc may be outsourced or given on contract basis without long term financial commitments.( para 4.8)
  • Currently, half of the total staff in the State paid from public funds are in the educational institutions. More than half of the total salary expenditure is incurred on education. This opportunity cost of spending has serious socio-economic consequences. The Committee recommends that wasteful expenditure in these items may be curbed. (para 4.6 & 4.7).
  • The system of grants-in-aid has resulted in excess educational institutions, excess staff and a lot of wasteful expenditure. The Committee recommends (1)the practice of starting new educational institutions and courses in private aided sector may be discontinued;(2)the existing private aided educational institutions may be allowed to
    start new course only in unaided stream; and (3) for social equity reasons the present system of recruitment in the private aided sector may be reviewed.(para 4.11,4.12 and 4.13)
  • The recent decision of the government to switch over from the present system of statutory defined benefit scheme (pension scheme) to contributory scheme is a sound decision. The Committee recommends that the implementation process may be expedited for achieving fiscal stability in the long run. (para 4.19)
  • Though the state is implementing a number of social welfare schemes, the pensions are not paid monthly and hence the beneficiaries are not getting the desired benefits. The Committee recommends that necessary steps may be taken by the Departments and LSGIs to distribute the pensions every month through banks / epayment. (para 4.19)
  • The universities in Kerala heavily rely on grants-in-aid from the government and face serious financial problems. In the allocation of grants-in-aid to universities no criteria or norm is followed by the government. It is allocated arbitrarily without considering financial position, development requirements, teaching and research and other vital academic issues. The Committee recommends the constitution of regulatory agency, a State University Grants Commission to evaluate the activities and to allocate grants-in-aid on a regular basis.(para 4.20 and 4.24)
  • The passing of the State budget in June and July, delays the processing of schemes by the Department for further administrative sanction and implementation. The Committee recommends that steps may be taken to pass the budget in March every year (para 5.29).
  • The delay in physical movements of files and documents across various layers of Govt leads to delayed administrative sanction and consequent implementation. The Committee recommends that e-governance may be urgently initiated in various stages of project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (para 5.31).

Granting LWA - Powers delegated to Head of Departments


Government have delegated powers to grant Leave without Allowance under Kerala Service Rules Part I Appendix XII A and XII C to the Head of Departments.For details view GO(P)No.656/2012/Fin Dated 01/12/2012

              അവധി അനുവദിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള നടപടികൾ ലഘൂകരിക്കുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി കെ.എസ്.ആർ ഭാഗം 1 അനുബന്ധം 12 എ യും 12 സി യും ചട്ടങ്ങക്കൾ അനുസരിച്ച് നിലവിലുള്ള അവധി ദീർഘിപ്പിച്ച് നൽകുന്നതുൾപ്പെടെ ശൂന്യവേതന അവധി അനുവദിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള അധികാരം അതാത് വകുപ്പ് അധ്യക്ഷന്മാർക്ക് നൽകി ഉത്തരവാകുന്നു. ടി അധികാരം വിനിയോഗിക്കുമ്പോൾ അവധി സംബന്ധിച്ച ചട്ടങ്ങൾ കർശനമായി പാലിച്ചിരിക്കേണ്ടതാണ്. 
          
           ചട്ടങ്ങളിൽ ഇളവ് വരുത്തി അവധി അനുവദിക്കേണ്ട സാഹചര്യങ്ങളിൽ വകുപ്പ് തലവന്മാർ ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട ഭരണവകുപ്പുകളുടെ അനുമതി തേടേണ്ടതും ഭരണവകുപ്പുകൾ ധനകാര്യ വകുപ്പിന്റെ അനുമതിയോടുകൂടി മാത്രം ഉതരവ് പുറപ്പെടുവിക്കേണ്ടതാണ്.

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