Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Reliance was mandatory in Rafale deal: French media

Reports emerged late Wednesday night that picking Reliance Defence was “mandatory” for Dassualt Avaition for the deal of 36 Rafale jets.

Quoting French publication Mediapart, Indian media outlets reported that the Mediapart article said an internal document showed a top Dassault official explaining to its staff that the joint venture was a ‘counterpart,’ ‘imperative and mandatory’ to win the Rafale deal.

Rafale row grows as SC asks for decision-making details

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to provide in a sealed cover the “details of the steps” taken in the decision making process, sans pricing and technical information, which led to the Rafale deal with France.

9 killed, 14 injured in blast at Bhilai Steel Plant

A blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant here in Chhattisgarh killed 9 employees and injured 14 on Tuesday, the police said.

The explosion at the plant of the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) took place at around 10.30 am.

The explosion took place in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town, located around 30 km away from the Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) GP Singh said.

NCW reaches out to survivors, Editors Guild for unbiased probe into cases

The National Commission for Women (NCW) is in the process of reaching out to the survivors of sexual harassment as the #MeToo storm intensified in the country on Tuesday with more women recounting their ordeal.

An official of the NCW Tuesday said the women rights body is in the progress of gathering detailed information of the various sexual harassment allegations that have come to light in the media. “We are also personally reaching out to the survivors telephonically,” the official said.

29 Zika cases in Rajasthan, govt says don’t panic

The Health Ministry on Tuesday appealed to people not to panic and assured them that the Zika outbreak was under control, after 29 people were tested positive for the disease in Rajasthan’s Jaipur.

Rajasthan’s additional chief secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta told reporters in Jaipur that 29 people, including three pregnant women, have so far been tested positive for Zika virus in the city and efforts are on to contain the spread of the virus.

Fuel excise duty cut credit negative: Moody’s

The excise duty cut on petrol and diesel is credit negative for In­dia as it will reduce government revenue and increase fiscal deficit by 0.1 per cent to 3.4 per cent of GDP in FY19, Moody’s Investors Service said on Tuesday.

Decision on funding calamity relief via GST likely on Oct 15

The ministerial panel under Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi will meet on October 15 to examine the modalities for revenue mobilisation by levying additional tax under the GST in case of natural calamities.

“The GoM on levying of tax or cess for funding natural calamity or disaster  relief would meet on October 15,” an official told PTI.

Last month, Kerala had mooted a plan for imposition of a cess on goods and services sold within the state to help it tide over the losses suffered due to the recent flood before the GST council.

Jurisdiction should not hamper policy enforcement: CBIC

The CBIC has asked tax officials of the Centre as well as state governments to initiate enforcement actions against GST evaders irrespective of jurisdiction with a view to checking revenue leakage.

The central board of indirect taxes and customs (CBIC), in a communication to the field formations, has said that “intelligence based enforcement action” against a taxpayer can be initiated by Central and state officials even if the assessee does not fall under the official's jurisdiction.