Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

‘BSP to go it alone if seat share is not respectable’

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will be compelled to go it alone if it does not get a “respectable” number of seats in the anti-BJP alliance that is shaping up before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said on Sunday.

Administrative work consumes most time, say 86% employees

Productivity of most employees is impacted by unrelated tasks and administrative work as 86 per cent in a survey feel that they lose time each day on work-specific tasks but unrelated to their core job.

Nearly nine in 10 employees (86 per cent) say they lose time each day on work-specific tasks unrelated to their core job, with 41 per cent of full-time employees wasting more than an hour a day on these extraneous activities, according to a workforce management provider Kronos Incorporated survey.

Anti-money laundering body gets new member after 5-month delay

A new member has been appointed to the adjudicating authority of the PMLA by the government after over 5 months of the vacancy being created in the body that is also handling cases under the benami law as a temporary measure. Vinodanand Jha, an Indian Revenue Service (income tax) officer of the 1983 batch, has been appointed as the member of the authority from the field of finance or accountancy.

PSUs asked to match private steel players to ramp up output

To emerge as a competitive force internationally in the steel sector, Indian public sector undertakings will have to follow practices of private sector firms that account for 80-82 per cent of the domestic production, Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh has said.

The steel minister has also called for snatching opportunities from competitors like China to emerge as a global player in steel.

States may miss FY19 fiscal goals

Funding of farm loan waivers, election-related spending and other populist measures are likely to ensure that states are set to miss their fiscal consolidation targets budgeted at the beginning of the year, says a report.

Minor errors in e-way bill to be overlooked

In a major relief to traders and transporters, the tax authorities will not be detaining or seizing goods for minor errors or lapses in e-way bill while moving goods.

The central board of indirect tax and customs (CBIC) has listed out small mistakes where the detention or seizure provisions of the goods and services tax (GST) law would not be invoked. Such mistakes include spelling error in the name of the consignor or consignee, error in one or two digits of the document number mentioned in the e-way bill and error in one or two digits/characters of the vehicle number.

AERA to audit service quality at airports

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) would start auditing service quality at various airports as it seeks to bring it in line with charges levied by operators. "We are going to start looking at service quality at various airports. We are trying first to get some data from them regarding their financial and operational performance. Then we will slowly go into the area of consumer satisfaction," AERA chairman S Machendranathan told Financial Chronicle.

SC issues slew of directions to end centuries old stigma attached to leprosy patients

In a bid to remove centuries old stigma attached to leprosy patients, the Supreme Court Friday directed the Centre to consider framing separate rules for issuing them disability certificates so that they can avail of reservation and various other welfare benefits.

The apex court said that acceptability of leprosy patients in the society would go a long way in reducing the stigma attached to the disease and passed a slew of directions to the Centre and the state governments for launching massive awareness programmes.

Petrol, diesel rates scale new highs

Petrol and diesel prices Friday scaled new highs as rates were increased on account of rupee depreciation and rise in international oil rates.

While petrol price was increased by 28 paise a litre, diesel rates went up by 22 paise, according to a price notification of state-owned oil marketing companies.

Petrol in Delhi now costs Rs 81.28 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 73.30 a litre.