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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Increase in sexual harassment cases

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Increase in sexual harassment cases

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1917
ANSWERED ON-01.12.2016

Increase in sexual harassment cases

1917  Shri Harshvardhan Singh Dungarpur

(a) the reasons for increase in the number of cases of sexual harassment, exploitation of women in various professions and rape cases in rural and urban areas of the country; and 
(b) the preventive and punitive actions proposed by the Ministry to protect the victims and punish the guilty?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(SHRIMATI KRISHANA RAJ)

(a) There are many reasons behind increasing crimes against the women such as unequal economic, social and political status of women which is an outcome of deeply rooted patriarchal social construes.

(b) Safety of women in the country is of utmost priority for the Government. The Government is endeavouring to put in place effective mechanisms to provide safe environment for women. The Criminal Law (Amendment), Act 2013 has been enacted making the punishment more stringent for offences like rape. Provision for increased penalty for gang rape and causing serious injury to the victim resulting her to remain in a vegetative state have been made. New offences like acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking, disrobing a woman have been incorporated in the Indian Penal Code. Government has also enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to provide a safe and secure environment to women at the workplace.

Apart from the above, Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing scheme of One Stop Centre to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence including sexual harassment. The scheme aims to facilitate access to an integrated range of services including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psycho-social counselling, temporary support services to women affected by violence. Further, scheme for Universalisation of Women Helpline intended to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence including sexual harassment.

Benefits of reservation under Other Backward Class (OBC) category

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Benefits of reservation under Other Backward Class (OBC) category

Assessment of equivalence of employees 

It is a fact that evaluation of the equivalent or comparable posts in public sector undertakings, Banks, Insurance companies, Universities, private employment vis-à-vis Government posts could not be established so far. However, the extant instructions of Department of Personnel and Training dated 8.9.1993 read with instructions of 14.10.2004 provide that till such time the equivalence of comparable posts in such organizations vis-à-vis Government posts are established, the criteria of income/wealth test shall apply to determine their creamy layer status.

The benefit of reservation is not available to the candidates who fall in creamy layer. However, as per the extant instructions, the sons and daughters of persons employed in public sector undertakings, Banks, Insurance companies, Universities, private employment etc. having income of upto Rs.6 lakhs either from salary or from other sources would fall in non-creamy layer and would be eligible to get the benefits of reservation under Other Backward Class (OBC) category.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Smt. Chhaya Verma and Ch. Sukhram Singh Yadav in the Rajya Sabha today.



LPG continues to be in the exempted for old Rs.500 Bank notes

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Supply of LPG continues to be in the exempted category for the purpose of payment through old Rs. 500 bank notes

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

01-December-2016 16:54 IST

With effect from the midnight of 2nd December, 2016, old Rs. 500 bank notes will not be accepted at petrol, diesel and gas outlets of Public Sector Oil and Gas Marketing Companies as well as for purchase of Air Tickets at Airports; However, supply of LPG continues to be in the exempted category for the purpose of payment through old Rs. 500 bank notes. 

After the cancellation of legal tender character of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination bank notes, the Government had exempted certain categories of transactions wherein the old high denomination bank notes were accepted. The Government had extended the exemption period for these categories from time to time. At present, exemptions are allowed on certain types of transactions wherein payment of old Rs. 500 bank notes are permitted up to a specified date.

The processes of production, dispatch and distribution of currency notes have been continuing and more cash is flowing into the system steadily. The digital transactions have also made an impressive progress and are expected to significantly improve during the coming days. Now, therefore, as digital transaction options have been increasing across different sections of the economy, it has been observed that the outlets of the oil and gas marketing companies are better equipped to accept payments through digital means. Hence, it has been decided that with effect from the midnight of 2nd December, 2016, petrol, diesel and gas outlets of Public Sector oil and gas marketing companies will be removed from the exempted category for receipt of old Rs. 500 bank notes. It may be noted that supply of LPG continues to be in the exempted category for payment through old Rs. 500 bank notes.

Similarly, purchase of air tickets at the airports was included initially in the exempted category. It is observed that air ticketing counters have facilities to accept non cash/digital payments. Further, enough time has been allowed for travelers to be prepared with legal tender and/or non cash modes of payment. It has, therefore, been decided that with effect from midnight of 2nd December, 2016, the exemption allowed for purchase of air tickets at airports through old Rs. 500 notes will be removed from the exempted category.

The other exempted categories that have earlier been notified will continue to accept old Rs. 500 notes as per the said notifications.

Source: PIB News

Clarification on Gold Jewellery and Ornaments - No Limit on holding of Gold Jewellery or Ornaments

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Clarification on Gold Jewellery and Ornaments - No Limit on holding of Gold Jewellery or Ornaments

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

01-December-2016 18:24 IST

Various points clarified with respect to gold jewellery and ornaments; No limit on holding of gold jewellery or ornaments by anybody provided it is acquired from explained sources of income including inheritance. 

In order to remove any doubt about the current position of Income Tax Law with respect to gold jewellery and ornaments, the following points are hereby categorically clarified: 

(a) There is no limit on holding of gold jewellery or ornaments by anybody provided it is acquired from explained sources of income including inheritance 

(b) Vide circular dated 11.5.1994, instructions have been issued in the matter of search and seizure of gold jewellery. 

(c) Jewellery and ornaments to the extent of 500 gms for married lady, 250 gms. for unmarried lady and 100 gm for male member will not be seized, even if prima facie, it does not seem to be matching with the income record of the assesse. 

(e) Officer conducting search has discretion not to seize even higher quantity of gold jewellery based on factors including family customs and traditions. 

Source: PIB News

Gold jewellery and ornaments - Married lady 500 grams and 250 grams per unmarried lady and 100 grams per male

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Gold jewellery and ornaments - Married lady 500 grams and 250 grams per unmarried lady and 100 grams per male 

"A reference to instruction No.1916 is also invited which provides that during the search operations, no seizure of gold jewellery and ornaments to the extent of 500 grams per married lady, 250 grams per unmarried lady and 100 grams per male member of the family shall be made." 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
01-December-2016 15:58 IST

Government clarifies that the apprehension sought to be created that the jewellery with the household which is acquired-out of disclosed sources or exempted income shall become taxable under the proposed Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, is totally unfounded and baseless

In the wake of Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 which has been passed by the Lok Sabha and is under consideration with Rajya Sabha, some rumours have been making rounds that all gold jewellery including ancestral jewellery shall be taxed @75% plus cess with a further penalty liability of 10% of tax payable.

It is hereby clarified that the above Bill has not introduced any new provision regarding chargeability of tax on jewellery. The Bill only seeks to enhance the applicable tax rate under section 115BBE of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) from existing 30% to 60% plus surcharge of 25% and cess thereon. This section only provides rate of tax to be charged in case of unexplained investment in assets. The chargeability of these assets as income is governed by the provisions of section 69, 69A & 69B which are part of the Act since 1960s. The Bill does not seek to amend the provisions of these sections. Tax rate under section 115BBE is proposed to be increased only for unexplained income as there were reports that the tax evaders are trying to include their undisclosed income in the return of income as business income or income from other sources. The provisions of section 115BBE apply mainly in those cases where assets or cash etc. are sought to be declared as ‘unexplained cash or asset’ or where it is hidden as unsubstantiated business income, and the Assessing Officer detects it as such.

It is clarified that the jewellery/gold purchased out of disclosed income or out of exempted income like agricultural income or out of reasonable household savings or legally inherited which has been acquired out of explained sources is neither chargeable to tax under the existing provisions nor under the proposed amended provisions. In this connection, a reference to instruction No.1916 is also invited which provides that during the search operations, no seizure of gold jewellery and ornaments to the extent of 500 grams per married lady, 250 grams per unmarried lady and 100 grams per male member of the family shall be made. Further, legitimate holding of jewellery upto any extent is fully protected.

In view of the above, the apprehension sought to be created that the jewellery with the household which is acquired out of disclosed sources or exempted income shall become taxable under the proposed amendment is totally unfounded and baseless.

Source: PIB News

Restrictions on cash withdrawal from JDY account - RBI FAQ

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Restrictions on cash withdrawal from JDY account - RBI FAQ

What if, if I have only JDY account?

A JDY account holder can avail the deposit facility subject to the caps and other laid down limits in accord with norms and procedures.

With a view to protect the innocent farmers and rural account holders of PMJDY from activities of money launders and legal consequences under the Benami Property Transaction & Money Laundering laws, it has been decided to place certain limits, as a matter of precaution, on the operations in the PMJDY accounts funded through deposits of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) after November 09, 2016. As a temporary measure, the banks have been advised that:

(1) Fully KYC complaint account holders may be allowed to withdraw ₹ 10,000/- from their account, in a month. The branch managers may allow further withdrawals beyond ₹ 10,000 within the current applicable limits only after ascertaining the genuineness of such withdrawals and duly documenting the same on bank’s record.

(2) Limited or Non KYC compliant account holders may be allowed to withdraw ₹ 5,000 per month from the amount deposited through SBNs after November 09, 2016 within the overall ceiling of ₹ 10,000.

Authority: www.rbi.org.in


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