Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (Amendment) Bill 2015

In a written reply to a question asked in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh stated that as provided under Section 7(9) of the Micro Small Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, the Government, while classifying any class or classes of enterprises under sub-section 7(1) of this Act, may adopt any criteria e.g. investment, employment or turnover of the enterprises and include in such classification the micro or tiny enterprises or the village enterprises, as part of small enterprises.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is enacted to

(i) enhance the existing limit for investment in plant and machinery considering changes in price index and cost of inputs consistent with the emerging role of the MSMEs in various Global Value Chains,
(ii) include medium enterprises apart from small enterprises in section 7(9) to enable the aforesaid category of enterprises to avail the benefits and become competitive, and
(iii) empower the Central Government to revise the existing limit for investment, by notification, considering the inflation and dynamic market situation.

As per Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the investment limit prescribed for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, is proposed as under:

For manufacturing enterprises:

(i) Micro enterprise: Investment in plant and machinery does not exceed fifty lakh rupees
(ii) Small enterprise: Investment in plant and machinery is more than fifty lakh rupees but does not exceed ten crore rupees.
(iii) Medium enterprise: Investment in plant and machinery is more than ten crore rupees but does not exceed thirty crore rupees.

For service enterprises:

(i) Micro enterprise: Investment in equipments does not exceed twenty lakh rupees.
(ii) Small enterprise: Investment in equipments is more than twenty lakh rupees but does not exceed five crore rupees.
(iii) Medium enterprise: Investment in equipments is more than five crore rupees but does not exceed fifteen crore rupees.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Constitution Day to be observed on November 26

The Government has decided to observe 26th November as 'Constitution Day. On the day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950 marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India.  This year, the country is celebrating 125th birth Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar . The 'Constitution Day' will be a part of these year-long nationwide celebrations. This will be a tribute to Dr. Ambedkar , who played a seminal role in the framing of the Indian Constitution as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Constituent Assembly

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the Nodal Ministry for celebration of Constitution Day. A number of activities will be taken up by other Ministries/Departments which include:-
Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed  that following activities are proposed to be undertaken by all schools under the CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Central Tibetan School Administration (CTSA), and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) and those under the State Governments and UTs on the occasion of the first "Constitution Day"- 

i) Preamble to the Constitution (as it exists on date) to be read out in school assembly on 26th November, 2015 by all students.

ii) One period to be devoted on 26th November, 2015 for a talk on the salient features of the Constitution of India and its making, by a guest speaker or one of the teachers.

iii) Essay competitions and quizzes to be organized on the theme of the Constitution.

iv) An online Essay competition to be also organized on the theme of the Constitution by all CBSE affiliated schools.

Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Development has informed that they have already intimated UGC, AICTE, etc. that the day may be celebrated as Constitution Day.  It was requested that the colleges wherever possible may organize mock Parliament Sessions and debates on the Indian Constitution on 26th November, 2015.  UGC informed that they have requested Dr Ambedkar University, Lucknow to make arrangements for organizing Quiz competition, wherein at State level winners from each State would participate in a quiz at the All India level

Department of Youth Affair has proposed to ensure following activities:-

a) Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) shall organize quiz competition on Constitution.

b) NSS Units to organize lectures on the Constitution in their colleges/schools.

c) NYS Volunteers/NYKS Youth Club Members to bring awareness and explain the history of constitution in their areas.

d)The 'Preamble' of the Constitution be displayed at their headquarters and in their field offices.

Ministry of External Affairs has informed that they have already instructed all the Missions/ Stations where Indian schools are located to ensure observance of Constitution Day on 26.11.2015.  It is also proposed that Missions/Posts may undertake translation of the Indian Constitution in local language and consider its distribution among academic and research institutions, Parliaments, Indology Centres etc. For the instance, the Indian Constitution has recently been translated into Arabic.

Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that they have the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and their establishments under Police-II Division, MHA would undertake appropriate action for celebration of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.

Department of Sports has intimated the followings:-

i) All Chief Secretaries/ Sports Secretaries/ Administrator/ Advisor to Administrator have been requested to organize "Run for Equality".

ii)  Sports Authority of India (SAI) is making arrangements for activities as follows:-       

a. A Symbolic Run termed as "Run for Equality" at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the trainees of SAI will participate.

b. Similar action will also be taken by Regional Centres where Run will be organized including SAI trainees and trainees of Come & Play Scheme.

c. The Run will be organized on the pattern it was organized on 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of National Unity Day as "Run for Unity."

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has decided to illuminate Parliament House Complex on the occasion of Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015 and they have also decided to call for Special Session of Parliament for this purpose.

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has requested to all the State Government and Union Territories to celebrate Constitution Day on 26th November, 2015.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Promulgation of Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance 2015

As Indian Citizens, our very Foundation is provided by the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955. It provides for acquisition, termination, deprivation, determination of Indian Citizenship and other related aspects. The Act also provides for acquisition of Indian citizenship by birth, descent, registration, naturalization and incorporation of territory under specified circumstances, and also for the termination and deprivation of citizenship. 

The President of India has promulgated the Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 on January 06, 2015 with immediate effect which provides for the following amendments to the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955: 

 At present one year continuous stay in India is mandatory for Indian Citizenship which is relaxed stating that if the central government is satisfied that special circumstances exist, it may, after recording such circumstances in writing, relax the specified period of twelve months by a maximum of thirty days which may be in different breaks. 

 Enabling of registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by a minor, whose parents are Indian Citizens. 

 Enabling of registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by a child or a grand-child or a great-grand-child of such a citizen. 

 Enabling of registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by such spouse of a citizen of India or spouse of an OCI registered under Section 7A of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of two years or more, immediately preceding the presentation of the application under this section. 

 In respect of existing card holders of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) central government may, by notification in Official Gazette, specify a particular date from which all existing PIO card holders will be deemed to be OCI card holders. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chattisgarh HC - Extension of Tenure of Judges

Article 224 of the Constitution empowers the President of India to appoint duly qualified persons as additional judges for a specified tenure not exceeding 2 years.

Accordingly, in the High Court of Chhattisgarh, the tenure of Additional Judges Shri Prashant Kumar Mishra and Shri Manindra Mohan Shrivastava has been extended from 10th December 2013 for a period of 2 more years.

The President has issued a Notification to this effect in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 224 of the Constitution of India.