Andher Nagari: UP PDS Wheat Disappears


3,000 MT PDS wheat goes missing in two districts

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

     Lucknow: More than 3,000 metric tonne of wheat meant for distribution through the public distribution system is reportedly missing from public godowns in Gorakhpur and Maharajganj. The incident came to light on Sunday following which the divisional commissioner Gorakhpur districted the districts magistrates of the two districts to probe the incident and register FIRs in connection with the incident.

     Gorakhpur divisional commissioner K Ravindra Nayak confirmed on Sunday that 3,000 metric tonne of wheat has been found missing from the stocks of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state government godowns situated in the two districts. “The DMs of Gorakhpur and Maharajganj have been directed to register FIRs in connection with the missing wheat stock and also independently inquire into the entire issue,” K Ravindra Nayak said.

     In all, 3,106 metric tonne wheat was found missing from the two districts of which 1,402 metric tonne of wheat was untraceable from Maharajganj alone. “The stocks have gone missing during transit from FCI godowns to the state owned godowns,” Nayak said.

     Sources in Gorakhpur quoting initial findings of the probe being conducted into the missing stocks said that there are indications of a well organised racket behind the incident and that this is not the first incident of disappearance of foodgrains during transit.

     “This time however the difference was that it came to light before the stock registers of the respective godowns could be taken care of,” said a source privy to the entire racket in Gorakhpur.

Kolkata Boy Akash Mukerjee : What A Boy


10-year-old’s gift to less fortunate: First pay of 1L

Subhro Niyogi TNN

10-year-old’s gift to less fortunate: First pay of 1L

Akash Mukherjee, who shares his birthday with Mother Teresa, will donate the amount to the Missionaries of Charity today

Kolkata: This 10-year-old boy could be an example to scores of residents of the City of Joy. For, he has decided to donate his first pay — an amount close to Rs 1 lakh that he earned by working in a movie — to the Missionaries of Charity.

     “I wanted to share my first earnings with the not-so-fortunate children of the city. I would have loved to buy something for my parents, too, but I think that can wait for another time,” smiled Akash Mukherjee, a Class V student of St Xavier’s Collegiate School and protagonist of the yet-to-be released Bengali movie ‘Anubhav – Ekti Ekla Chheler Goppo’. Akash will hand over the money to the organization after school hours on Monday — a day after the birthday of Mother Teresa, and incidentally Akash’s as well.

    Akash’s generosity is something his parents Manisha and Gora Mukherjee inculcated in him. They taught him the art of giving when they took him to the Missionaries of Charity on his fifth birthday. That day, after school hours, he had also paid a visit to Nirmal Hriday, a home run by the order instituted by Mother Teresa.

      “We wanted him to grow up with a sense of awareness of the world and realise the importance of giving. So we went to donate books, toys and clothes that could be used. I made sure that he gave up especially those toys that he was fond of,” recounted Manisha.

     Though Akash remembers very little about that maiden visit, trips to the home for destitutes on subsequent birthdays made him realize the joy that he could spread just by giving others what they did not have. Akash would go to the home with his parents after school, cut a cake in everyone’s presence and then share food with other children.

     “In the beginning, I would feel a slight pang when I had to give up something I really cherished. But when I saw faces light up while I handed it over to those who did not have them, it really did feel good. Now sharing or giving up is not an issue at all. It comes naturally,” said Akash, showing a maturity way beyond his years.

      Just over a year ago, Akash won the lead role in a film and loved every moment working in it. Directed by Rajesh Datta and Ipsita Roy Sarkar, the film that also stars Kushal Chakraborty, Saheb Bhattacharya, Nandini Ghoshal and Dolon Roy, is about the loneliness of a boy who overcomes it.

    In real life though, Akash has no loneliness to contend with. Not only does he have cousins and friends, Manisha too quit her job to be a full-time mother. “He made me leave the job, but I don’t regret the decision one bit,” she smiled.

       The movie opportunity came by chance and Akash’s parents did not object to it. He did the shooting over weekends and holidays. Though Akash enjoyed the experience, his parents don’t want him to act in another one anytime soon. “It is too early to say what we would want him to be other than a good human being,” said Gora. Akash, though, has his sights set on becoming a footballer.

    There had been no talk of remuneration till the shooting was completed. The directors then hesitatingly told the Mukherjees that they would like to pay Akash around Rs 1 lakh. When the couple asked their son what he would like to do with the sum, he replied without hesitation: “Give it to the Missionaries of Charity.”

    Akash Mukherjee, who shares his birthday with Mother Teresa, will donate the amount to the Missionaries of Charity today

Mumbai Flat Buyers: VAT Problems


Onus to pay VAT is on builder, not buyer: Govt

Rajshri Mehta TNN

      Mumbai: In a bid to quell doubts about payment of value added tax (VAT) on properties bought between June 20, 2006 andMarch 31,2010,thesalestax department has put up a list of frequently asked questions with answers on its website (http://mahavat.gov.in/Mahavat/index.jsp).

      The department has clearly stated that the onus to pay the tax liability is on the developer and not the property buyer. It further said that builders’ tax liability will be adjusted againsttheinstallments paidby them so far. Although builders claim theVATis5% of the value of a flat, the sales tax departmentsaiditwillworkouttoless than 3%.

    Whilethe FAQs may slightly quell the disquiet among property buyers, the state governmentis yettospellouthowitintends to protect buyers, especially those who were not informed of the likely VAT charge, those who had given bank guarantees and deposits to developerswhilebooking flats.
“I learnt I have to pay Rs 3 lakh asVATonly when Iwentto meet the developer for some paper work. He never told me about VAT when I took possession of the flat in 2009. Why should I pay when I was not told about it,” said a Pune-based senior army officer.

    Fifteen residents of a posh Navi Mumbai housing society are wondering what legal recourse to take after their developer recently sentthem a notice demanding Rs 3.57 lakh as VAT. “The developer has threatened to forfeit our bank guarantee if wedon’t pay,” said a resident.

     “On what grounds is the builder asking me to give a cheque when the bank guarantee is in his possession? It is equivalent to paying the VAT. Who will reimburse me for the interest I lost for five years when my guarantee was lying with the developer,” asked a flat owner from Vashi.
“Thoughwe paidVAT at5%, welearntthe amountworksout to less. Who will refund the excess VAT I paid to the developer,” asked another buyer.

    VAT YOU SHOULD KNOW 
Q. When is VAT applicable from? A. June 20, 2006

Q. On what type of contracts is VAT payable? A. VAT is payable on the sale of under-construction flats. It is not payable if a completed flat is sold by the developer

Q. Who has to pay VAT if a developer didn’t tell the buyer about VAT when s/he purchased the flat post 2006? A. The developer

Q. Will VAT apply if the agreement to sell an underconstruction flat was executed before June 20, 2006 and the possession was given after June 20, 2006? Will the amount received prior to June 20, 2006 be exempt from VAT? A. Yes. VAT will be levied on the value received or receivable after June 20, 2006

Source: http://mahavat.gov. in/Mahavat/index.jsp