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Unpaid for months, Amrapali ex-employees protest outside office




Noida, April 21: Scores of ex-employees of real estate giant Amrapali Group on Friday picketed their corporate office here in Sector-62, alleging non-payment of dues for months.

The employees, who were fired during the last one year, were terminated by the group citing falling profits and slump in the real estate sector.

Some of us haven’t received our salaries for last eight-nine months. We have no other means to live and are barely surviving,” said Prashant Kumar, a site-engineer with the group.

Most of the sacked employees comprised engineers, supervisors, construction workers and low-level managers from the firm’s construction sites.

The management, on the other hand, said that they have no money to disburse the payments, yet they are paying off the dues gradually, in installments of Rs 5,000.

“You know about the slump in the real estate market, on top of that demonetisation hit us hard.”

The situation is not as bad as the workers are saying. We are paying them in instalments and will clear dues as soon as possible,” Adarsh Mohan, a representative from Amrapali Group said.

The workers alleged that around 800 to 1,000 employees were sacked in the last one year, whereas Mohan said it was not more than 200.

The aggrieved ex-employees also said that the cheques they received from the firm have bounced.

“Their cheques are bouncing, we have been cheated by the company. I had to pay my children’s school fees by borrowing money from someone else,” Sujeet Jha, who had been working for 13 years with the construction firm while showing the dishonoured cheques.

Some workers alleged that even the bio-metric attendance system was rendered dysfunctional months before their sacking, with their presence being marked only manually.

When the son of company’s Chairman Anil Kumar Sharma came out to assuage the sloganeering workers, he was heckled and forced to return inside.



GST Council nod for mandatory e-Way Bill for inter-state goods movement



GST Bhavan. (File Photo: IANS)
GST Bhawan (File Photo)

New Delhi, Dec 16: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Saturday approved mandatory compliance of e-Way Bill for inter-state movement of goods from February 1, sources said here.

Some states might roll out both inter-state and intra-state e-Way Bill from February 1 on a voluntary basis. The system for e-Way Bill will be available from January 15.

E-way bill for intra-state will be compulsory from June 1, the source added. However, implementation of e-Way Bill for intra-state movement will done in a staggered manner from February.


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Cabinet nod to amend Specific Relief Act for ease of business



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Ravi Shankar Prasad( Law Minister)

New Delhi, Dec 15: In a move to further ease procedures for doing business in the country, the cabinet on Friday approved a bill proposing to amend the Specific Relief Act, 1963, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced here.

Briefing reporters here after a cabinet meeting, the Minister said that with the concerned bill slated to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament, he was unable to elaborate any further on the proposed legislation apart that it was for “ease of doing business.”

“Among the significant decisions, the cabinet approved the proposal to introduce amendments to the Specific Relief Act, 1963, as part of ease of doing business,” Prasad said.

“The Specific Relief Act, 1963, is being changed substantially..being modernised for promoting growth and investment,” he added.

The government has been contemplating amendments to the Specific Relief Act to limit the compensation and relief that courts can give in cases involving execution of infrastructure and development projects.

According to official sources here, the proposed changes seek to introduce guidelines for reducing the discretion granted to courts and tribunals while granting performance and injunctive relief.

The government constituted a five-member expert committee last year, to review the Act and suggest changes needed to remove bottlenecks in execution of contract-based infrastructure development, public private partnerships and other public projects.

In its report, the committee recommended changes in the law to limit the powers of courts to award relief.
“Any publi” work must progress without interruption. This requires consideration whether a court’s intervent’on in public works should be minimal. The role of courts in this exercise is to interfere to the minimum extent so that public works projects will not be impeded or stalled,” the committee “aid in its report.


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CBEC hikes customs duty on mobile phones, TVs and other electronic items



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New Delhi, Dec 15: The Ministry of Finance on Friday increased customs duty on import of mobile phones and other electronic devices such as televisions, mobile projectors, microwave and water heaters.

In a notification issued by Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the customs duty on certain sections of mobile phones has been raised from 10% to 15%.

While customs duty on television sets has been scaled up to 15 per cent from the existing 10 per cent.

Similarly, the customs duty on monitors, microwave ovens, projectors has been doubled to 20 per cent, as per the notification.

The Custom duty on push button telephones or mobile phones has been raised to 15 per cent from nil.

The changes will impact tech and electronic titans such as Apple, Sony which have been planing to set up manufacturing units in India.


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