Tuesday, August 04, 2009
NARINDAR Singh, a 1972 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who is also known among his friends as a keen follower and practitioner of yoga, has become a Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Mr Singh, who was earlier director general of Income Tax (Exemptions) supervising taxation of trusts and NGOs in India, is likely to bring in his expertise to the Board when finance minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed in his Budget speech that the government would encourage formation of political trusts which could keep the donors’ identity secret. Mr Singh, who served as chief commissioner of Income Tax in Kolkata and as commissioner of Income Tax in Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat, is one batch senior to present CBDT chairman S S N Moorthy. Here is babu blogger's discliamer: The picture above is symbolic and is not of Mr Singh Meanwhile, P N Vittal Das, Sumit Dutt Majumdar and Y G Parande have joined as Members, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Mr Vittal Das belongs to the 1974 batch of IRS (C&CE) and was chief commissioner of central excise at Vishakapatnam zone. Mr Majumdar, who also belongs to the 1974, was the director general, DGRI. Mr Parande is an IRS (C&CE) officer of 1975 batch, and was the director general, directorate general of systems and data management, prior to joining the Board. Govt to amend RTI Act to give more power to Information Commissions The government finally said it was considering suitable amendments to the RTI Act, 2005, in order to enable the Commissions to function through Benches. The issue is significant as babu blogger in the post dated June 25, 2009, pointed out how uneasy tension between India’s personnel ministry and Central Information Commission (CIC) was continuing, as department of personnel and training (DoPT) highlighted a circular which said that under the provision of Section 12(4) of the RTI Act, the chief information commissioner was not empowered to constitute Benches for taking decisions on complaints and appeals. The department of personnel & training (DoPT) also initiated action on a proposal to review the Act which contains the names of security and intelligence organizations exempt from its purview, with a view to strengthen the RTI Act. It is being examined whether some of the organizations could be deleted from the Schedule. Also read, "Babus Under Check: Government finally gives clarification on disclosure of file noting by bureaucrats under RTI" dated June 25, 2009.