Govt may introduce law to make violence against medical professionals a non-bailable offence
Business & Finance   Tuesday, January 3, 2017 IST


To protect doctors and caregivers from facing violence at the hands of patients’ kins and attendants, the government is reportedly planning a law to make such incidents a non-bailable offence.

The Times of India reported, quoting sources, that an inter-ministerial committee, which was formed in 2015 to ensure the safety of medical professionals, has suggested the health ministry initiate the process to bring a central act on the issue.
Some states already have such rules in place, but the absence of stringent laws makes efficient implementation difficult. In June 2016, the Bombay High Court too pointed out there were not enough security arrangements for resident doctors in Mumbai’s hospitals while asking the state to take immediate steps to post police personnel outside hospitals.
According to estimates put out by the Indian Medical Association, 75 per cent of doctors across the country are reported to have faced at least some form of violence, usually over advanced payment or withholding the deceased’s body in case of non-payment. According to the report, the proposed law may also put more responsibilities on the hospital authorities to ensure safety and security of doctors and paramedical staff.

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GST Council to meet officials from 6 key sectors today to assess implementation hurdles
Business & Finance   Tuesday, January 3, 2017 IST
 
GST Council to meet officials from 6 key sectors today to assess implementation hurdles

GST Council to meet officials from 6 key sectors today to assess implementation hurdles

New Delhi: The almighty GST Council headed by the Finance Minister will meet on Tuesday the agents of six crucial sectors, including IT, telecom, saving money and protection, to survey the execution leaps under the new GST administration.

Additionally, presentation will be made by part delegates of Civil Aviation and Railways at the two-day GST Council meeting that starts here on Tuesday, sources said.

Programming affiliation Nasscom, which is additionally planned to meet the GST Council, will voice its worries over issues, for example, assess treatment of programming, furthermore put forth a defense for single enlistment under the new GST administration.

"We bolster the presentation of GST yet the usage of GST ought not entangle the business operations of IT organizations," R Chandrashekar, President of Nasscom, told PTI.

He said the product affiliation would express worries as to GST usage amid the meeting with GST Council.

Nasscom's worries relate to territories like arrangement of programming, import of administrations from related gatherings, and tax assessment rules in light of area of accepting administrations.

Expressing that the primary draft of GST law had grouped all "intangibles" as administrations subsequently guaranteeing a uniform expense rate, the overhauled law expelled the elucidation.

"This could prompt to a circumstance where programming order can be questioned even under the GST administration. Electronic downloads ought to be dealt with as administrations as the greater part hone common all inclusive," as per Nasscom's late representation to the Revenue Department.

Nasscom likewise fights that modifications in the draft GST law does not encourage offering a solitary interface for abroad/local customers in situations where substantial administration contracts are provided to various customer destinations from single or different conveyance focuses.

Additionally, the amended draft possibly makes nearby administrations conveyed abroad at client site at risk to installment of GST, trailed by a discount which squares capital and muddles the exchange, it included.

"This will hence infer that on location administrations are transported in into India, GST released, and after that traded, and the GST paid on the on location benefit then petitioned for discount - extra pointless exchanges for organizations which work in a Branch office demonstrate, and related consistence and working capital inconveniences," says Nasscom.

Nasscom is additionally of the view that the enactment ought to unmistakably accommodate incorporated enrollment of focal expenses of IGST (Integrated-GST) and CGST (focal GST), which is inside the Central Government control itself.

The GST Council in addition to other things will consider on the issue of purview of assessees in the new administration. This will be the eighth meeting of the Council since it met interestingly on September 22, 2016.

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