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Jaitley to chair GST Council on May 4, simplifying return form on agenda

Jaitley to chair GST Council on May 4, simplifying return form on agenda The 27th GST Council meet will also mull over the proposal of converting GSTN into a government companyFinance Minister Arun Jaitley-chaired GST Council will meet on May 4 to discuss a simpler return form and the amendments required in the indirect tax regime rules. The 27th meeting of the Council, comprising state finance ministers, will meet through video conferencing and will also mull over the proposal of converting GSTN into a government company.A decision on return simplification could be on the cards with the Sushil Modi-led Group of Ministers putting before the Council the three models of new return form for discussion, an official said. With Jaitley been advised by doctors to stay in isolation to avoid contracting infection, the meeting has been planned through video conferencing.The Council had in March discussed on two models of GST returns and suggested that the GoM would work further simplification.The …

How can you mandate Aadhaar-mobile linking without our order? SC asks govt

How can you mandate Aadhaar-mobile linking without our order? SC asks govt The lawyer referred to control being enjoyed by UIDAI over entities, private, government which seek Aadhaar authentication for providing services The Supreme Court on Wednesday raised questions over the government's decision ordering mandatory seeding of mobile numbers with Aadhaar and said its earlier order on mandatory authentication of the users was used as a "tool".A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging Aadhaar and its enabling 2016 law, said its order on a PIL filed by 'Lokniti Foundation' had said that mobile users needed to be verified in the interest of national security. "In fact, there was no such direction from the Supreme Court, but you took it and used it as a toll to make Aadhaar mandatory for mobile users," the bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bh…

3.11 million jobs added in 6 months, first EPFO payroll count shows

3.11 million jobs added in 6 months, first EPFO payroll count shows The payroll count is essentially the difference between the number of workers who joined and exited from the EPFO's fold and as such is the net addition to jobs The Union government’s first-ever estimate of payroll count based on Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) subscription database showed that 3.11 million jobs were added in the formal economy in six months, even as there was a fall of 22 per cent in incremental employment in February 2018, compared to January to a four-month low of 472,075 persons. The payroll count is essentially the difference between the number of workers who joined and exited from the EPFO’s fold and as such is the net addition to jobs.The provisional figures released by the EPFO for six months showed 3.11 million workers joined the workforce in the formal sector during September 2017-February 2018. On a pro-rata basis, this would mean that 6.22 million additional jobs were create…

Sebi could make 'pre-trade' allocation mandatory in Indian markets

Sebi could make 'pre-trade' allocation mandatory in Indian markets
Pooled investors such as MFs or FPIs will have to state schemes under which they are acquiring shares The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will soon issue a set of rules for trade allocations of institutional investors such as mutual funds (MFs) or foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). Sources say Sebi could make ‘pre-trade’ allocation mandatory. Currently, pooled investors, including MFs and FPIs, are allowed to buy blocks of shares from the market without assigning these to a specific scheme. Under the new framework, funds will have to determine beforehand how much of the purchased shares would go into each scheme. The move comes after several MFs were reportedly allotting shares to their schemes on an arbitrary basis, often giving preference to flagship schemes. There is no uniform framework for allotment of shares to schemes. Some institutions currently apply scheme-wise for allocations in public iss…

GST Council Meet on May 4, Simplifying Returns on Agenda

GST Council Meet on May 4, Simplifying Returns on Agenda Finance Minister Arun Jaitley-chaired GST Council will meet on May 4 to discuss a simpler return form and the amendments required in the indirect tax regime rules.The 27th meeting of the Council, comprising state finance ministers, will meet through video conferencing and will also mull over the proposal of converting GSTN into a government company. A decision on return simplification could be on the cards with the Sushil Modi-led Group of Ministers putting before the Council the three models of new return form for discussion, an official said.With Jaitley been advised by doctors to stay in isolation to avoid contracting infection, the meeting has been planned through video conferencing.The Council had in March discussed on two models of GST returns and suggested that the GoM would work further simplification.
The Economic Times, New Delhi, 26th April 2018