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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

PRC, Bhubaneswar GPO bid farewell to Com. Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik who retires on 31.01.2017


Income Tax Department (ITD) launches Operation Clean Money

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

31-January-2017 16:31 IST

Income Tax Department (ITD) launches Operation Clean Money 
Income Tax Department (ITD) has initiated Operation Clean Money, today. Initial phase of the operation involves e-verification of large cash deposits made during 9th November to 30th December 2016. Data analytics has been used for comparing the demonetisation data with information in ITD databases. In the first batch, around 18 lakh persons have been identified in whose case, cash transactions do not appear to be in line with the tax payer’s profile. 

ITD has enabled online verification of these transactions to reduce compliance cost for the taxpayers while optimising its resources. The information in respect of these cases is being made available in the e-filing window of the PAN holder (after log in) at the portal The PAN holder can view the information using the link “Cash Transactions 2016” under “Compliance” section of the portal. The taxpayer will be able to submit online explanation without any need to visit Income Tax office.  

Email and SMS will also be sent to the taxpayers for submitting online response on the e-filing portal. Taxpayers who are not yet registered on the e-filing portal (at should register by clicking on the ‘Register Yourself’ link. Registered taxpayers should verify and update their email address and mobile number on the e-filing portal to receive electronic communication.

A detailed user guide and quick reference guide is available on the portal to assist the taxpayer in submitting online response. In case of any difficulty in submitting on line response, help desk at 1800 4250 0025 may be contacted.  

Data analytics will be used to select cases for verification, based on approved risk criteria.  If the case is selected for verification, request for additional information and its response will also be communicated electronically. The information on the online portal will be dynamic getting updated on receipt of new information, response and data analytics. 

The response of taxpayer will be assessed against available information. In case explanation of source of cash is found justified, the verification will be closed without any need to visit Income Tax Office. The verification will also be closed if the cash deposit is declared under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY). 

The taxpayers covered in this phase should submit their response on the portal within 10 days in order to avoid any notice from the ITD and enforcement actions under the Income-tax Act as also other applicable laws

Com. Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik retires from Govt. Service

Com. Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik, Organizing Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division and PRI(P), Bhubaneswar GPO retires today from Govt. service attaining the age of superannuation.

His contribution to the union as a friend in need and the same for the Department as a PRI(P) will be ever remembered.

On this day of 31st January, 2017 when Com. Pattnaik is retiring from Govt. service, AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division wishes him a happy and healthy retired life and prays Lord Jagannath to shower His unending blessings to keep him hale and hearty  and remain always happy with his family and friends.

Com. R C Mishra, Ex-Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle retires from Govt. service

Our beloved Ex-Circle Secretary Com. Ramesh Chandra Mishra under whose able leadership we have been protected for last 13 years retires today, i.e.31.01.2017 on attaining the age of superannuation as O A, Postal Stores Depot, Bhubaneswar.

After successful performance for 8 years as the Divisional Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division, it was the year 2003 when this vast platform got Com. R C Mishra as its Circle Secretary. Prior to that, the position of Odisha Circle was very negligible in comparison to all India performances and participations. After Com. Mishra took the responsibility, Odisha Circle   became an eye-catcher remaining always in 2nd or 3rd position for its trade union organizational activities.

Apart from the Circle Secretary, he has also discharged his responsibilities successfully as the Chairman, NFOE, Odisha Circle, Leader, RJCM, Odisha Circle and Vice-President, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers, Odisha State CoC. His contribution to AIPEU, Group-C, NFPE and Confederation will be ever remembered.

       On this day of 31st January, 2017, when Com. Mishra is retiring from Govt. Service, AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division wishes him a very happy and healthy retired life.

Why humanity remember Gandhi

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Special Service and Features

27-January-2017 13:01 IST

Why humanity remember Gandhi

In the world of thorough compartmentalization dictated by industrialized division of labour in which humanity find itself having lost the sense of purpose and identity, Gandhi showed a holistic way that leads us into experiencing life in its fullness.  

*Dr. D John Chelladurai

He got this holistic perspective from the realization of Truth as God, which is eternal, an all encompassing reality.  ‘Being part of the whole’, he acknowledged, ‘I too am a part of the Truth’.  In the epistemological sense it reflects the wisdom of Upanishad ‘Aham Brahmasmi’.

Functionally, his pursuit of Truth could be termed as an advaita (non-dualistic) practice.  He saw a singular Truth in umpteen facets of life. Ekam Sat vipra Bahudha vadanti.  For him, each of his efforts was some part of the truth or his endless quest for it.  Even the means of his striving, nonviolence, according to him, was a form of Truth. Truth is God and Nonviolence the religion, he explained. Johan Galtung put it as ‘the way is the goal’.

This led him into a unique experience of an inclusive method, a comprehensive approach to life. He saw oneness in all and everything.  That is how he could declare  “I have no enemy” even while fighting against British imperialism.  He then clarified, ‘my fight is against the wrong and not the wrong doer who is my brother’.  

This perspective of endearing oneness is evident in all his endeavors right from his early years.

Be it his colleagues in South Africa, men and women from wide range of persuasions: Muslims, Parsis, Christians, Jews, north Indians and South Indians in equal measure; or his fellow satyagrahis as diverse as the mighty Pathans from the north-west frontier and the meekly peasants of Bihar; or is readiness to induct into his domestic fold Dalits and Leprosy Patients with equal elan, or his prayers that integrated the spirit of all religions, he led humans into a new social reality.

His non-dualistic vision helped him lay the conceptual foundation for a new nation. He interpreted ‘Purna Swaraj’ which originally meant as ‘complete freedom from the bonds of the British’,into a principle of liberation from all evils – of both what are within individual – value decay and lack of social sensibility, and  between individuals – socio, economic political injustice and inequalities.  His 18 constructive programs represent as many facets of liberation: freedom from alcoholism, communal enmity, poverty, sanitation problem, gender inequality so on.

Ideologically he harmonized Satya and Ahimsa as two sides of a coin; and functionally Satyagraha (struggle against the imperial power) and Constructive interventions (building a society of empowered masses) as two wings of a flight to freedom.

Civilization would however remember Gandhi for the all encompassing way of living he professed for the divided world. The guiding spirit is Truth. That enabled him to cultivate within him a triune dexterity called harmony between word, thought and deed; head heart and hand; and between ‘oneself, fellow beings and God.

His non-dualistic (seeing one in all) methodology led him further into a process of social amalgamation, and helped him see potential for human betterment in the same traits that divided humanity into water tight compartments.   For instance, he could see the productive craftsmanship of the shudras, the material acumen of the Bania, the righteous indignation of the Kshatriya and the sagely scholarship of Brahmin are adorable human qualities equally important to every modern human.

And thus, he was happy being a shudra when needed to cultivate his grains, spinning out his own clothes and building hutments in the ashram; he was a typical bania (vaishya) while bargaining for freedom and mobilizing resources for it; as a satyagrahi he showed the valor of a Kshatriya fighting against the antagonistic powers for the sake of humanity even at the risk of his own life.  As a seeker after truth he spoke with the clarity of a Brahmin (scholar and teacher). Thus he brought down the walls that stood between the classes and sailed from one class to another seamlessly.

Similarly, he translated the four stages of life (Ashramas) into four noble virtues to be adopted, not one after another, but all the time together.  While being a grahastha (ashram being his large joint family), he was a brahmacharya all along; without retiring into Jungle he attained liberation.  While living in the thick of the society, he informed, he carries a potable ‘cave’ (society) for spiritual contemplation every moment.

The same harmonizing perspective helped Gandhi braid the four yogic paths into one noble passage for holistic realization.   His passion for Truth and Nonviolence that “transcended human reasoning” was the height of bhakti, equivalent to that of Mira, that fired him to be an invincible adherent of Truth.  Be it his Khadi movement, Harijan campaign or striving for communal harmony, we see an unstoppable performer and his performance evinced the quality of a karma yogi. His conscious exploration into the inner recesses of Truth gave him the wisdom of a gyan yogi; empowered by the bhakti and gyan, his karma (action) invariably steered him to lead the masses out of man-made suffering.  The making of the ‘father of the nation’ is certainly one of Raja Yoga.

Thus Gandhi in his advaita realization of Truth, saw life as a comprehensive experience, not to be realized in compartments, but all inclusively.  The realization of oneness enabled him to see the worth of multifarious manifestations without deterred by their diversity, helped him sail between classes of society, phases of life and through diverse paths of life and ethical schools. 

In the world of thorough compartmentalization dictated by industrialized division of labour in which humanity find itself having lost individual sense of purpose and identity, Gandhi shows in this manner, a holistic way to realize the fullness of life.  Civilization would remember him for this forever.

**An alumni of Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Dr D John Chelladurai is currently the Dean, of Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon, (Maharashtra), He is a social analyst and specializes in ‘Conflict Transformation’ and ‘Peace Building’. 

"The Views expressed in the Article are his personal."