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Merger of CBDT & CBIC: Conceptually correct but factually incorrect says FinMin

The government has outrightly denied media reports about merger plans of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) calling the report factually incorrect. The two Boards created under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963.

The news report was published without due verification of facts from the competent authorities of Ministry of Finance and only creates a policy distraction when the Ministry is amidst the implementation of a large number of taxpayers’ friendly reforms like the transition from a manual assessment based on territorial jurisdiction to a completely randomized electronic faceless assessment, electronic verification or transactions and faceless appeals.

As pointed out in the report, the said merger was one of the recommendations of the Tax Administrative Reforms Commission (TARC). The government examined the recommendation of TARC in detail but it was not accepted. The Finance Ministry also clarified that the action taken report on the recommendations of the TARC is placed even on the website of the Department of Revenue, which clearly shows that this recommendation was not accepted.

It is evident that this misleading article has been published with no due diligence of even checking official records placed in the public domain or checking the latest status with relevant competent authorities in the Ministry of Finance. It not only reflects poorly on the quality of journalism but also shows a complete disregard for due diligence.

07 Jul 2020
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CBIC asks officials to hear customs, excise and ST cases via video-con

The CBIC has asked its field offices to conduct hearings in customs, excise and service tax appeal cases via video conference with the consent of the appellant or respondent to ensure social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Guidelines in this regard have been issued for conducting personal hearings in the virtual mode under the Customs Act. The CBIC said that this would also apply to those cases under the Central Excise Act 1944 and Chapter V of Finance Act 1994.

While ensuring compliance with guidelines and instructions issued by the government and public health authorities, the CBIC decided that personal hearing for any proceeding under Customs Act, 1962 given by authorities such as Commissioner (Appeals), Original adjudicating authorities and Compounding authority, may be conducted through video conferencing

 

28 Apr 2020
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Merger of CBDT & CBIC: Conceptually correct but factually incorrect says FinMin

By IndianMandarins 07 Jul 2020

The government has outrightly denied media reports about merger plans of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) calling the report factually incorrect. The two Boards created under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963.

The news report was published without due verification of facts from the competent authorities of Ministry of Finance and only creates a policy distraction when the Ministry is amidst the implementation of a large number of taxpayers’ friendly reforms like the transition from a manual assessment based on territorial jurisdiction to a completely randomized electronic faceless assessment, electronic verification or transactions and faceless appeals.

As pointed out in the report, the said merger was one of the recommendations of the Tax Administrative Reforms Commission (TARC). The government examined the recommendation of TARC in detail but it was not accepted. The Finance Ministry also clarified that the action taken report on the recommendations of the TARC is placed even on the website of the Department of Revenue, which clearly shows that this recommendation was not accepted.

It is evident that this misleading article has been published with no due diligence of even checking official records placed in the public domain or checking the latest status with relevant competent authorities in the Ministry of Finance. It not only reflects poorly on the quality of journalism but also shows a complete disregard for due diligence.

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CBIC asks officials to hear customs, excise and ST cases via video-con

By IndianMandarins 28 Apr 2020

The CBIC has asked its field offices to conduct hearings in customs, excise and service tax appeal cases via video conference with the consent of the appellant or respondent to ensure social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Guidelines in this regard have been issued for conducting personal hearings in the virtual mode under the Customs Act. The CBIC said that this would also apply to those cases under the Central Excise Act 1944 and Chapter V of Finance Act 1994.

While ensuring compliance with guidelines and instructions issued by the government and public health authorities, the CBIC decided that personal hearing for any proceeding under Customs Act, 1962 given by authorities such as Commissioner (Appeals), Original adjudicating authorities and Compounding authority, may be conducted through video conferencing

 

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26 IRS C&CE officers empanelled as Joint Secretary at Centre

By IndianMandarins 24 Apr 2020

The NaMo administration on Friday announced the empanelment of 26 IRS C&CE officers for holding Joint Secretary Equivalent or equivalent posts at the Centre:

  1. Manish Mohan Govil (IRS C&CE:1994)
  2. K.V.V.G Diwakar (IRS C&CE:1994)
  3. Shafat Ahmad Usmani (IRS C&CE:1994)
  4. Yashwant Lal Mahawar (IRS C&CE:1994)
  5. Mihir Kumar (IRS C&CE:1994)
  6. Neeraj Prasad (IRS C&CE:1994)
  7. Engineer Kesavan (IRS C&CE:1994)
  8. Nitish Birdi (IRS C&CE:1994)
  9. Debashish Sahu (IRS C&CE:1994)
  10. Gaurav Kumar (IRS C&CE:1994)
  11. Manish Goyal (IRS C&CE:1994)
  12. Ashir Tyagi (IRS C&CE:1994)
  13. Peri Umasankar (IRS C&CE:1994)
  14. Subhash Chandra Agarwal (IRS C&CE:1994)
  15. Ravi Pratap Singh (IRS C&CE:1995)
  16. Manish Saxena (IRS C&CE:1995)
  17. Rajesh Kumar Mishra (IRS C&CE:1995)
  18. M.G.Thamizh Valavan (IRS C&CE:1995)
  19. B.A.V. Srinivasa Rao (IRS C&CE:1995)
  20. Upendra Singh Yadav (IRS C&CE:1995)
  21. K. Balaji Majumdar (IRS C&CE:1995)
  22. Dhirendra Singh Garbyal (IRS C&CE:1995)
  23. Anice Joseph Chandra (IRS C&CE:1995)
  24. Ch. Venkat Reddy (IRS C&CE:1995)
  25. Deepankar Aron (IRS C&CE:1996)
  26. Limatula Yaden (IRS C&CE:1996)

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M Ajit Kumar appointed as Chairman, CBIC

By IndianMandarins 31 Jan 2020

As Indianmandarins had reported first the NaMo administration cleared the recommendation of selection committee which interviewed three candidates on January 23 for the post of Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). M Ajit Kumar (IRS C&CE:1984) was appointed new Chairman of CBIC; a post which fell vacant after the voluntary retirement (VRS) of Pranab Kumar Das was accepted and came into effect on 31.12.2019. 

Presently, Dr John Joseph is holding the additional charge of CBIC Chairman whereas Ajit Kumar is working as Member, CBIC.

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CBIC: CoS met to select new Chairman, some issues may delay appointment

By IndianMandarins 28 Jan 2020

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the Committee of Secretaries met last Thursday to select new Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). The Chairman post fell vacant after the voluntary retirement (VRS) of Pranab Kumar Das was accepted and came into effect on 31.12.2019. Later, Dr John Joseph was given additional charge for a period of three months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent.

Reportedly, the CoS interviewed Ashok Kumar Pandey (IRS C&CE:1983), Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar (IRS C&CE:1984) and M Ajit Kumar (IRS C&CE:1984). If some top sources are to be believed M Ajit Kumar has fair chances to be picked for the top job.

Pandey and Bhatnagar were appointed Member, CBIC in February last year whereas Ajit Kumar was made Member in December 2019.

Indianmandarins further learnt that the ACC approval may take time as there were issues of clearances from crucial departments relating to a particular candidate.

Further, it is believed that the NaMo administration is of the view that Dr Joseph should act as an officiating Chairman till March-April.   

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CBIC: Dr Joseph given additional charge of Chairman

By IndianMandarins 31 Dec 2019

Consequent upon the voluntary retirement (VRS) of Pranab Kumar Das on December 31, 2019, the NaMo administration on Tuesday assigned the additional charge of the post of Chairman, CBIC to Dr John Joseph for a period of three months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent. Joseph is Member, CBIC. 

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CBI raids premises of two IAS officers in gun-licencing racket

By IndianMandarins 31 Dec 2019

In an alleged gun-licensing racket busted by Rajasthan Police in 2017, the CBI carried out searches at 17 locations in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and three states that included premises of senior IAS officers Yasha Mudgal and Kumar Rajeev Ranjan. CBI is probing lakhs of arms licences that were issued in the last one decade from various districts of the militancy-hit region.

This is the first major operation of the agency in J&K after its reorganisation as a Union Territory under which the CBI got jurisdiction to operate there under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.

Several documents related to the cases, including bank statements, were recovered during the searches that were carried out at three places in Kashmir, 11 places in Jammu and one each in Gurugram (Haryana), Mohali (Punjab) and Noida (Uttar Pradesh).

Besides searching the premises of Mudgal, a 2007-batch IAS officer, and Ranjan, a 2010-batch IAS officer, houses of Itrat Hussain, Mohammed Saleem, Mohammed Junaid Khan, F C Bhagat, Farooq Ahmed Khan and Jenhagir Ahmed Mir were searched.

Mudgal is at present CEO-and-Managing Director of Power Distribution Corporation Jammu, while Ranjan is CEO of Jammu Srinagar Metro Rail Corporation. The CBI was handed over the matter in August last year

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CBIC: 16 officers empanelled for Principal CC & PDG rank posts

By IndianMandarins 14 Dec 2019

The NaMo administration cleared the much awaited empanelment of sixteen IRS officers for holding Principal Chief Commissioner & Principal Director General level (Apex level) posts in Custom and Central Excise in the Indian Revenue Service. Of sixteen seven officers are from 1986 batch (IRS C&CE) and nine are from 1987 batch. They are;

  1. Syed Haider Hasan (IRS C&CE:1986)
  2. Rakesh Kumar Sharma (IRS C&CE:1986)
  3. Kailash Chand Gupta (IRS C&CE:1986)
  4. Sungita Sharma (IRS C&CE:1986)
  5. Reena Arya (IRS C&CE:1986)
  6. Om Prakash Dadhich (IRS C&CE:1986)
  7. Ranjan Kumar Sahoo (IRS C&CE:1986)
  8. Sandeep Kumar (IRS C&CE:1987)
  9. Baruah Sailaja Ray (IRS C&CE:1987)
  10. Jayant Kumar Jha (IRS C&CE:1987)
  11. Himanshu Gupta (IRS C&CE:1987)
  12. Vasa Sesha Giri Rao (IRS C&CE:1987)
  13. Anil Kumar Jain (IRS C&CE:1987)
  14. Balesh Kumar (IRS C&CE:1987)
  15. Suchitra Sharma (IRS C&CE:1987)
  16. Manoj Krishna (IRS C&CE:1987)

Interestingly, Syed Haider Hasan and Kailash Chand Gupta retired in June 2019. Reena Arya, Vasa Sesha Giri Rao and Ranjan Kumar Sahoo will be retiring July, August and November next year respectively.

Among the empanelled ones Sungita Sharma, Baruah Sailaja Ray and Suchitra Sharma will have the longest term as they will be retiring in January, February and July 2023 respectively. 

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