4 February 2019

Notifications & Circulars

Ministry of Law and Justice



Central Government makes further Rules to amend the Notaries Rules, 1956


G.S.R.77(E).--In exercise of the powers conferred by section 15 of the Notaries Act, 1952 (53 of 1952), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Notaries Rules, 1956, namely :-

(1) These rules may be called the Notaries (Second Amendment) Rules, 2019.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Notaries Rules, 1956, in Form IIB, for the words and brackets "Joint Secretary to the Government of India/Secretary to the Government of ……… (Name of the State)", the words and brackets "Joint Secretary to the Government of India/Additional Secretary to the Government of India/Secretary to the Government of ……… (Name of the State)" shall be substituted.

Tags : Notaries Rules Amendment

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First meeting of Search Committee for recommending a panel of names for appointment as Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal


The first meeting of the Search Committee for recommending a panel of names for appointment as Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal was held on 29th January, 2019. All the Members of the Committee were present during the meeting.

The Committee decided to call for applications/nominations from eligible persons to be considered for position of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal through an advertisement at the earliest. The Committee will meet again within a fortnight to carry on further deliberations.

Tags : First meeting Search Committee Appointment Lokpal

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry



Applications in ANF-2D submitted for seeking policy/procedure relaxation in terms of Para 2.58 of the FTP


Trade and industry is already aware that in view of the increasing number of applications seeking relaxation being received in this Directorate and to ensure its speedy disposal, the meetings of Policy Relaxation Committee (PRC), chaired by DG. are now being held every week. Our emphasis has been that all such requests must come before the PRC meeting within 2 weeks of its receipt in this office. However it has been observed that in large number of applications, Column 15 of ANF-2D i.e. Reasons/justification for seeking relaxation is left blank and a reference is drawn to the forwarding/covering letter.

2. As a consequence, while preparing agenda for the meeting, PRC section has to read the forwarding/covering letter and capture the request of the applicant. Many times, basic essence of the request made by the firm is lost in this process and decision making process also suffers unwarranted delays.

3. Therefore, it has been decided that henceforth all applicants seeking relaxation of FTP/HBP provisions must fill up column no. 15 of ANF 2D, while making online application, clearly bringing out the relaxation being sought mentioning the relevant para of FTP/HBP also. This is mandatory and Applications received without this column duly filled will be treated as incomplete applications and will be rejected.

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

Tags : Applications Policy Relaxation

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Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation signs a MoU with National Council of Applied Economic Research for improving the official statistical system in the country


The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Government of India and National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use new data technologies, knowledge generation and knowledge sharing, and capacity building in the field of Official Statistics. The MoU was signed on 29th January, 2019 in the presence of Shri Pravin Srivastava, Secretary, MoSPI cum Chief Statistician of India, Shri Jyotirmoy Poddar, Director General, Central Statistics Office, Shri Shekhar Shah, Director General, NCAER and other senior officers of both the organizations at New Delhi. The MoU would lead to strengthening and better monitoring of data quality and timeliness of various statistical products and services generated by the Ministry including, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Economic Census, Price Statistics, Index of Industrial Production (IIP), and Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), etc.

The following are the key activities envisaged under the MoU:

Business Process Review ("BPR") of the existing official statistics system and development of an information and communication technology ("ICT") plan for mainstreaming data integration across various domains and agencies.

Using technology for survey instruments and processing of data for large scale surveys and data analytics.

Creation of a national data warehouse to integrate administrative statistical datasets available up to the local Government level.

Leveraging administrative data to improve the quality and coverage of core statistics with technical support and collaboration with data producers.

Setting up common standards and protocols for data collection, its quality, meta-data and use across line ministries and sub-national entities.

Development of new ICT based framework for measurement of social and economic indicators in the emerging knowledge based economy.

Capacity building for statistical activities including big data analytics, technical reporting etc.

Tags : MOU Signing of Statistical system Improvement

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High Level Committee chaired by Union Home Minister approves Central assistance of Rs. 7,214.03 crore to States affected by natural disasters


The High Level Committee chaired by the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, approved the additional Central assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs. 7214.03 crore to 6 States and one Union Territory, viz. Rs. 317.44 crore to Himachal Pradesh (floods & landslides), Rs 191.73 crore to Uttar Pradesh (floods), Rs. 900.40 crore to Andhra Pradesh (drought), Rs. 127.60 crore to Gujarat (drought), Rs. 949.49 crore to Karnataka (drought), Rs. 4,714.28 crore to Maharashtra (drought) and Rs. 13.09 crore to UT of Puducherry (cyclone).

The meeting was held here today to consider the additional Central Assistance to these six States and one UT, which were affected by floods, landslides, cloudburst & cyclone Gaja and drought (kharif) during 2018-19.

The Union Finance Minister, Shri Piyush Goel, Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh and senior officers of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Agriculture and NITI Aayog were present in the meeting.

Tags : Central assistance Approval Natural disaster

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Ministry of Finance 


Goods and Services Tax

Central Government rescinds Notification No. 8/2017-Union Territory Tax (Rate), dated the 28th June, 2017 MANU/GSUT/0014/2017 under Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017


In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 8 of the Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (14 of 2017), the Central Government, on being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby rescinds the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No. 8/2017-Union Territory Tax (Rate), dated the 28th June, 2017, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide number G.S.R.717 (E), dated the 28th June, 2017, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such rescission.

2. This notification shall come into force with effect from the 1st day of February, 2019.

Tags : Notification Rescission Public interest

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India and OECD sign agreement to enable India's participation in Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) to be held in 2021


A Signing ceremony of Agreement between India and OECD for India's participation in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021, in presence of Union HRD Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar was held in New Delhi today. The Agreement was signed by Shri Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, MHRD and Mr. Andreas Schleicher, Director (PISA) in OECD.

While addressing the gathering, the Minister said that the Government of India has decided that India will participate in the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) to be conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2021. He said that the participation in PISA 2021 would indicate the health of the education system and would motivate other schools /states in the subsequent cycles. This will lead to improvement in the learning levels of the children and enhance the quality of education in the country. He also informed that OECD has agreed to ask some of the questions based on Indian context. The Minister hoped that our students will perform well and we will get a good position in the overall rankings.

Ms. Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Govt. of India, Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank, Amit Dar, Director, Human Development, Shabnam Sinha, Lead Communication Officer, World Bank and Marguerite, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank were also present on the occasion.

Following are some of the important features of India's participation in PISA:

Schools run by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and schools in the UT of Chandigarh will participate.

Within the country (or specific geography to be covered in case of large countries), PISA covers a sample of 15-year-old students representing all forms of schooling i.e. public, private, private aided etc.

PISA is a competency based assessment which unlike content-based assessment, measures the extent to which students have acquired key competencies that are essential for full participation in modern societies. It would lead to recognition and acceptability of Indian students and prepare them for the global economy in the 21st century.

Learnings from participation in PISA will help to introduce competency based examination reforms in the school system and help move away from rote learning. The CBSE and NCERT will be part of the process and activities leading to the actual test.

More than 80 countries, including 44 middle-income countries, have participated in the assessment since the first round of testing in 2000. Next round of PISA is going to be held in 2021. The list of registered countries includes Brazil, China (certain areas like Shanghai and Beijing) and countries from South-East Asia like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

What are the key features of PISA?

PISA is a triennial international survey (every three years) which aims to evaluate the education system worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.

Students are assessed in reading, mathematics, science and collaborative problem-solving.

Participation in PISA allows benchmarking performance against a wide range of countries.

PISA uses test items aligned with international benchmarks. Test items are adapted to the local context and language, pilot tested and validated before being used for the test.

OECD have agreed to contextualize the questions for Indian students.

Tags : Agreement Signing of Participation Programme

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