HIGHLIGHTS OF RAILWAY BUDGET 2016-17

Highlights of Railway Budget for 2016-17.

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Following are highlights of the Railway Budget for 2016-17

(Apr-Mar), presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament today:

GENERAL

* Budget reflects aspirations of the entire railway family

* Rail Budget reflects aspiration of all

* Core objective is to improve individual experience

* Rail Budget is the vision of PM Modi

* Making all efforts to turn PM’s vision into reality

* Railways facing headwinds on tepid economic growth

* Railways have stood the test of time

* Need to overhaul Railways’ work culture

* Need to bring in new approach

* Will lay out three pillars of strategy

* Looking at new areas for generating revenues

* Need to reorganise, rejuvenate, restructure railways

* Railways facing headwinds from 7th pay panel burden

* Will engage with global agencies for funds

* Absolute deductions planned in expenses such as diesel

* Have significantly reduced cost of power procurement

* Will revisit all rules, structures to overhaul railways

* To improve procurement practises at par with international norms

* New revenues through changes in freight policies

* Punctuality has gone up to almost 95%

* To include implementation reports in Budget

* Carry 23 mln passengers every day

* Special teams to screen railway operations

* To introduce 33% quota for women passengers

FY17 ESTIMATES

* FY17 investment seen at 1.21 trln rupees

* Investment rate of capex has increased substantially

* FY17 capital expenditure seen 1.2 trln rupees

* FY17 revenue seen 1.84 trln rupees

* Capex to grow exponentially

* Ramped up capex in FY17

* FY17 operating ratio seen 92%

* Increasing rigour on cost optimisation in FY17

* Freight’s contribution to earnings seen 67%

* FY17 gross budgetary support seen 400 bln rupees

* 44 new projects planned FY17 worth 927 bln rupees

FY16 REVISED

* 87.2 bln rupees saved from last year budget estimate

* FY16 operating ratio seen 90%

* FY16 loss from subsidising passenger fares seen 300 bln rupee

* Saving from previous Budget estimates 787 bln rupees

INFRASTRUCTURE, MODERNISATION

* To be at forefront of infrastructure growth

* Railways will be at forefront of infra growth

* To generate employment for 90 mln man days by FY18

* To commission broad gauge lines at 7 km/day FY17

* FY17 track commissioning aim 2,800 km

* Aim to have zero direct discharge of human waste by 2020

* Reserved accommodation to be available on demand by 2020

* Aim 80 km/hour avg speed of express train by 2020

* Freight speed seen at 50 km/hr by 2020

* To eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020

* Taken action on 139 Budget announcements made last yr

* To run semi high-speed trains on Golden Quadrilateral by 2020

* Action initiated on 139 FY16 Rail Budget announcements

* To meet reservation on demand by 2020

* Will take a zero-based budgeting approach

* To take zero-base budgetary approach for freight

* To conduct recruitment online

* To set up Margao, Hazira ports FY17 via PPP

* To spend 8.5 trln rupees over 5 yrs to modernise rail infra

* To hasten electrification of railways working with Power Min

* To build more dedicated freight corridors

* To up FY17 allocation for electrification by 50%

* To generate employment of 140 mln man-days in 2018-19

* 65,000 additional berths generated in FY16

* Taken steps to significantly improve svcs for rail passengers

* Dedicated IVRS system receiving over mln feedback calls daily

* Set up mechanism to get direct feedback from customers

* Responsiveness to customer needs touched new heights this yr

* Initiated IT-based internal audit

* Signed MoUs with some zonal railways

* To move to contract award system online in FY17

* Social media being used as a tool to bring transparency

* Mission to ensure transparent bidding process

* To set up 2 loco units with 480 bln rupee invest

* To set up new loco units with order book of 400 bln rupees

* Aim to have 100 WiFi-enabled stations this yr, 400 in next 3

* To redevelop stations by different models

* Finalised 2 locomotive factories bids under ‘Make In India’

* E-ticket capacity 7,000 tickets/minute now vs 2,000 earlier

* Introduced 1,780 automatic ticket vending machines

* Initiated capacity augmentation on some busy routes

* Developed application to maintain centralised land data

* To open cashless ticketing facilities for foreigners in 3 mos

* To introduce tickets with bar codes

* To introduce bar-coded tickets

* To start track management system under Digital India

* To introduce bar-coding of tickets at major stations

* To allow cancellation of tickets via call on 139

NEW TRAINS, LINES

* Plan to electrify 2,000 km track in FY17

* Track laying to be at 13km/day in FY18, 19km/day in FY19

* North-South dedicated freight corridors in Delhi-Chennai

* Plan Kharagpur-Vijaywada freight corridor

* Plan Mumbai-Kharagpur freight corridor

* Decongestion on Jalandhar-Jammu line going on

* To put 3 freight corridor projects on high priority

* Mizoram, Manipur to come under broad gauge network soon

* To launch long distance fully unreserved Antyodaya trains

* To have more unreserved passenger coaches

* Proposed dedicated freight corridor for east-west, east coast

* Proposed dedicated freight corridors for north-south

* Overnight double-decker trains named ‘Uday trains’

* Overnight double-decker trains for better access on busy line

BORROWING

* Will scout overseas for rupee bonds

* To scout international markets for rupee bonds

INVESTMENT PUSH

* Secured funding from LIC at favourable terms

* Bankable projects assured of funding now

* LIC to invest 1.5 trln rupees over 5 years

* 1 rupee invest in rail can impact econ output by factor of 5

* In partnership with SAIL, NTPC, coal ministry on funding

* Signed MoUs with 6 states for JVs

* Got expressions from 17 states to form JVs

* MoUs with zonal railways for quantifying performance

* Forming JV with states for local rail projects

* Availing multilateral financing for station development

* Cabinet approved redevelopment of 400 stations via PPP model

* Bidding process in advanced stage to redevelop 4 stations

* To undertake bidding to redevelop some big stations next yr

* Bankable railway projects to be completed in 3-4 years

MISCELLANEOUS

* To raise quota of lower berth for women, senior citizens

* To build additional toilets in 475 stations before FY16 end

* Aim 17,000 bio-toilets before FY16 end

* Initiated audit for punctuality of passenger trains

* Disposable bed rolls at all stations for all classes

* 311 railway stations currently under CCTV surveillance

* All stations to have CCTV surveillance in phased manner

* Anti-falling measures in suburban coaches

* To eliminate accidents by adopting latest technology

* Entered into R&D pacts with Korea, Japan to improve ops

* All railway stations to be under CCTV surveillance in phases

* Supporting 120,000 concurrent users now vs 40,000 earlier

* Installed CCTV cameras at 311 stations

* To introduce ‘Deen Dayalu’ coaches

* Every customer a brand ambassador for railways

* To upgrade Baroda rail institute to full fledged university

* Working on implementing Kakodkar panel report on safety

* To have Hamsafar, Tejas, Uday coaches for reserved passengers

* Tajas speed to be 130 km/hour

* Deen Dayalu coaches for unreserved passengers for long travel

* To add 2 or 4 more unreserved coaches in long distance trains

* New catering policy for multipurpose stalls at stations

* To extend e-catering services to all 408 A1, A2 stations

* IRCTC to introduce local cuisines available on demand

* To make local cuisine available on demand on trains

* IRCTC to unbundle catering services

* Set up Swachh Rail waste aggregation and recycling centre

* To install 30,000 bio-toilets at stations

* To start Clean-My-Coach service on pan-India basis

* To introduce CCTV coverage at all Tatkal counters‎

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2016

CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2016

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  • Supply Of Goods to Indian Navy not must to claim excise exemption.
  • Manufacture of rosin and turpentine without aid of power , seeking retrospective exemption is not a constitutional right – HC. [Mangalam Organics Limited vs Union of India – 2016 (2) TMI 529 – Delhi High Court].
  • Brokerage paid to the third party has nothing to do with the rental income paid by the tenant brokerage not deductible in computing income from house property
  • Cenvat of Goods/ Service used in construction of rented property allowed. [Nirlon Ltd. vs. Commissioner of Central Excise,Mumbai].
  • Proceedings under rule declared unconstitutional by HC in invalid. [Vipul-S Plasticrafts P. Ltd. vs. Commissioner of Central Excise].
  • The petitioner is admittedly not a foreign company : Since the petitioner is not an eligible assessee in terms of section 144C(15)(b), no draft order can be passed in the case of the petitioner u/s 144C(1) – HC. [Honda Cars India Limited (Formerly – M/s. Honda Siel Cars India Limited vs Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax & Another – 2016 (2) TMI 527 – Delhi High Court].
  • Kindly attend the Annual Award Function of NIRC of ICAI  on February 20th at 3 PM in NDMC Convention Centre, Connaught Place, New Delhi.

Direct Tax:

  • Bogus purchases – CIT(A) was fully justified in deleting the addition made by the AO on account of alleged bogus purchases particularly when the GP rate declared by the assessee was progressive and was accepted by the AO. – ITO, Ward 2 (2) , Ghaziabad Versus Ray Steels – 2016 (2) TMI 498 – ITAT DELHI
  • Disallowance of short term capital loss on sale of shares – sale of share was effected between two group companies having the same directors about the shares of the group company during the lock-in period – it is case of sham transaction – loss booked not allowed –  AAA Portfolios Pvt. Ltd. Versus DCIT, Circle-1 (1) , New Delhi – 2016 (2) TMI 499 – ITAT DELHI

Indirect Tax:

  • Claim of refund of service tax paid by them during the period from April 2011 to March 2012 on services of constructions of college building – Ld. Commissioner (Appeals) by proper application of mind set aside rejection of refund claim and allowed appeal of the respondent. – Refund cannot be denied – Commissioner of Service Tax-VII Versus M/s SM Sai Construction – 2016 (2) TMI 486 – CESTAT MUMBAI

Updates:

  • IRDAI has issued Clarification on IRDAI (Registration of corporate Agents) Regulations, 2015 Vide Ref: IRDA/CAGTS/CIR/LCE/029/ 02/2016 dated 16.02.2016.
  • RBI has recently issued Notification on the Implementation of Section 51-A of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967 – Updates to ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida Sanctions List Vide Notification No.  DBR.AML.No.10293/14.06.001/ 2015-16 dated 16.02.2016

Company Law:

Query:  Does income tax representation services can be rendered by an auditor under section 144? Are they covered in management services?

Answer:  No, they are not considered as management services. So, an auditor can render tax representation services provided it shall be approved by the Board or Audit committee of the company, as the case may be, in pursuant to Section 144 of the Act.

Key Dates:

  • New appeal filing monetary limit shall  apply to pending appeals also.[ITO vs. Smt. Sudha Brijratan Damani (ITAT Mumbai), I.T.A. No. 6952/Mum/2013].
  • CBEC makes it mandatory for RBI and Electricity Board to file Annual Information Return. Notification no. 04/2016 dated 15.02.2016.
  • Interest from surplus fund is taxable as income from other sources. [M/s Himlayan Expressway Limited vs. ITO (ITAT Chandigarh), ITA No. 690/ Chd /2014, AY 2009-2010].
  • 172 : No TDS on payment to Non–Resident shipping companies. [CIT vs. V.S. Dempo & Co. Pvt. Ltd. (Bombay High Court), Income Tax Appeal Nos. 989, 991, 948, 957,978 of 2015].
  • WIP Valuation on receipt basis is forbidden in Mercantile Accounting. [The ACIT vs. M/s. Ambarwadikar & Co., Engineers & Contractors (ITAT Pune), ITA Nos.169 to 171/PN/2006 & C.O.No.27/PN/2010].
  • MCA invites comments on The Draft Companies (Accounting Standards) & (Indian Accounting Standards) Amendment Rules 2016 to be submitted latest by03.2016.
  • Last date for submission of online application form for emplacement with O/o C&AG for the year 2016-2017 for audit of PSUs is extended to 2.2016.

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Disclaimer: The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances; before making any decisions do consult your Professional / tax advisor. For misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules Author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. carajput.com is committed to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, manage and grow their business with peace of mind. Our goal is to support the entrepreneur on legal and regulatory requirements and to be a partner throughout the entire business life cycle, offering support to the company at every stage to ensure that it is compliant and consistently growing. Hope the information will assist you in your Professional endeavors. For query or help, contact: info@carajput.com or call at 09811322785/4 9555 5555 480)