Validity of Self Attested Documents – Minister’s Reply in Parliament



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Validity of Self Attested Documents

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

26-February-2015 13:49 IST

Validity of Self Attested Documents 

It is a constant endeavour of the Government to simplify procedures by introduction of self certification. For this, all Central Ministries / Departments as well as State Government / UTs have been requested to review the existing requirement in this regard and make provision for self certification, wherever possible. Response from 25 States / UTs has been received indicating action taken by them.

Different organizations prescribe different criteria for attestation, subject to statutory and legal provisions. As per its mandate, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting them to adopt self-certification, wherever possible, as a measure of administrative reform.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Narendra Kumar Kashyap in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Protest Rally in Dhaka against the murder of Avijit Roy



bddb9bbfdcc0946840af8fbdceabaf5eBangladeshi social activists participate in a rally to protest against the killing of Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Roy, known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death Thursday night as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday. 

Greece Metal Workers Martyr Mitsos Paparigas remembered


A report from Greece paying homage to the Mitsos Paparigas, leader of the Metal Workers Union, who was murdered by the government is given below:




On a day like today, February 22nd 1949, militant trade union leader Mitsos Paparigas, General Secretary of the General Confederation of Workers of Greece and cadre of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was assassinated in Athens, Greece. He was a metal worker and president of Metal Union of Volos.

Mitsos Paparigas had been arrested in 1948 by the fascist government of Greece and suffered hard torture by the officers of the government. The period 1946-1949 was the time of civil war in Greece.

Metal worker Mitsos Paparigas stood his ground, without giving in to the fascists, not even for a moment. He stood proud in front of his torturers.

They assassinated him on February 22nd 1949, by throwing him off from the terrace of the building of the General Security of Athens, on Bouboulinas street.

In his memory, the WFTU makes this small publication, honoring this way the heroic militants of the international working class.

Budget for Aggressively implementing Neo-liberal policies – CPI(M)

February 28, 2015
Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

On Central Budget 2015-16

Modi government’s Budget for 2015-16 carries forward more aggressively the neo-liberal economic agenda of the earlier UPA government.  The rich, both foreign and domestic corporates, have been hugely benefited.  The budget proposals will reduce direct taxes by Rs. 8,315 crores benefiting the rich and increase the burdens on the people through indirect tax hike of Rs. 23,383 crores.  Apart from direct tax benefits, in addition, wealth tax has been abolished, corporate tax targeted to reduce from 30 to 25 per cent, greater concessions and access to FDI and FIIs, absolved of capital gains tax and minimum alternate tax (MAT).

Instead of expanding public expenditures to stimulate growth, employment and people’s livelihood, these expenditures are being squeezed.  Already in 2014-15, total government expenditure was 7 per cent lower than the last budgeted figure, i.e., 1.14 crore rupees less.  For 2015-16, the estimated gross tax revenue stands at 10.3 per cent of GDP which is less than last year’s budget figure of 10.8 per cent. Expectations of  “tax buoyancy” by FM is, hence, pure imagination.

The much tom-tomed higher allocation to the states in the name of “cooperative federalism” is nothing else but transferring the amounts from the Central schemes to the states.  The total transfers to the states, including loans and grants, as a share of GDP will, in fact, be lower than what was budgeted for 2014-15.

With the pre-occupation to contain fiscal deficit at 3.9 per cent, the budget undermines the need for stimulating domestic  demand by targeting social sectors.  The allocations to MNREGA and food subsidy has almost stagnated, in real terms, which shows that the government is not at all serious in implementing food security and generating employment. Total subsidy as percentage of GDP has come down from 2.1 percent to 1.7 per cent (Rs. 2.60 lakh to 2.44 lakh crore). The allocation for health and family welfare has come down from Rs. 35,163 crores last year to Rs. 29,653. The total budgeted figure for housing and urban poverty alleviation has come down from Rs. 6,008 crores to Rs. 5,634 crores. Similarly there is a huge shortfall in allocations for the Tribal Sub-Plan – 5.5 per cent instead of the mandated 8.2 per cent (less by Rs. 5,000 crore compared to last year). For SCs it is 8.34 per cent instead of the mandated 17 per cent (less by Rs. 12,000 crore). Even in absolute nominal terms these allocations have been cut. The Gender Budget too has been severely cut by 20 per cent (less by Rs. 20,000 crore). The ICDS programme has been halved from over Rs. 16,000 crores to Rs. 8,000 crores only.

On the other hand, the reduction in the revenue loss tax concessions given by the Central government to the rich (subsidies to the rich called “tax incentives”) are more than the actual fiscal deficit (i.e., Rs. 5,89,285.2 crores for 2014-15 as against the budget estimate of fiscal deficit of Rs. 5,55,649 crores).  Hence, our economy is suffering from a deficit burden primarily due to such subsidies to the rich, not due to subsidies for the poor.

In order to bolster further revenues, the budget has announced an aggressive disinvestment of public sector to the tune of Rs. 70,000 crores.

In sum, this budget while providing a rich bonanza for the rich – foreign and domestic corporates – ensures further widening of the already large income and wealth inequalities amounting greater burdens on the people.  So much for the slogan of achhe din aanewale hein.

Telephone Charges to increase after Budget



The increase of service tax from 12.36% to 14.0 % in the central Budget is going to result in increase of telephone bills. The private companies have already starting stating that there is no other way but to tax the subscribers for the increase in the tax. It is the duty of the government to ensure that more burden is not put on the subscriber by increase of charges.

Pro-Corporate, pro-super rich Budget


Whatever be the different opinion on the budget, there is a unanimity on one point that the Budget is pro-rich and pro-corporates. The clear cut decision to reduce corporate tax from 30% to 25% within five years, reducing the tax by 1% every year, is nothing but giving huge bonanza to the  corporates.

Usually the government is expected to increase the corporate tax, since they are already getting super profits and become super rich. Is it necessary to give them  any tax reduction ? The reply from the majority people will be an emphatic NO.

The tax reduction for the rich is strongly protested. The government should withdraw the proposal and increase the tax of the corporate and super rich.

Petrol, Diesel Price increased


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On the day the Central Budget has been presented, the price of petrol and diesel has increased. The price of petrol is increased by Rs.2.18 per litre and that of diesel by Rs.3.09. This is effective from the midnight of 28th February – 1st March 2015.

This is the second time that the price is increased recently. When global prices are reduced, the full reduction is not given. But when the prices go  up, it is fully implemented. This is completely wrong and anti-people.

Central Budget – Govt. propose to raise Rs.69,500 crores through Disinvestment and Privatisation of PSUs


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New Delhi, Feb 28 The government today proposed raising Rs 69,500 crore from disinvestment and strategic sale in state-owned companies.

Of  the total budgeted proceeds, Rs 41,000 crore is estimated to come from minority stake sale in PSUs, and the remaining Rs 28,500 crore is projected to come from strategic sale in both profit and loss-making companies.

As regards disinvestment in the current year, the government is expected to mop up only Rs 31,350 crore as against the budget target of Rs 63,425 crore.

The revised estimates have pegged the disinvestment receipts from minority stake sale in PSUs at Rs 26,353 crore, as against the target of Rs 43,425 crore.

In addition, Rs 5,000 crore will be raised from PSU Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).

“We have an elaborate disinvestment roadmap in front of us. As far as strategic sales are concerned, certainly we are not averse to the idea. Wherever we find the possibility existing, we will certainly consider it,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here.

The government has raised about Rs 24,500 crore through disinvestment in SAIL and Coal India in the current fiscal. It expects to raise Rs 6,850 crore in the remaining one month of the fiscal ending March.

Five per cent stake sale in REC and PFC are on cards in current fiscal.

The disinvestment department has lined up a host of companies including 5 per cent in ONGC, Dredging Corp, and Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL).

Besides, 10 per cent each in Indian Oil Corporation, National Aluminium Company (NALCO) and NMDC are also being planned.

It is also planning to list RINL and Hindustan Aeronautics through a 10 per cent stake dilution. (PTI)


Comrade Dasaratha Deb Birth Centenary Celebrations



The CPI(M) has started the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Comrade Dasaratha Deb, the legendary leader of CPI(M) and former Chief Minister, Tripura from 2nd February, his birthday. All the Party offices were decorated on the day and meetings  held in his memory.

Com. Dasaratha Deb was born on 2nd February 1916 to a very poor family. He studied up to graduation and then started social and political activities. He made rich contributions to the unity of the tribals and non-tribals. He was the founder leader of the Gana Mukti Parishad which fought for the over through of the king. He was elected 4 times to the Parliament from Tripura. He was the Chief Minister of Tripura from 1993 to 1998. Com. Manik Sarkar, is the next Chief Minister. During his chief minister ship, many welfare schemes were introduced.  He passed away on 14 October 1998 at the age of 82.

Even when he was the  Chief Minister, he lived a very simple life. People loved him as one of them. His memory is very dear to all.

Let us be part of the Centenary Celebration and emulate his example in our lives.


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