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Prime Minister gets Global Goalkeepers Goals Award 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred upon the Global Goalkeepers Goals Award 2019 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2017, Goalkeepers is a catalyst for action towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
- ‘Goalkeepers’ brings leaders from all over the world together and works towards fighting inequality and ending poverty.
- Prime Minister Modi is being conferred upon this award for his work in sanitation through the Swachh Bharat Mission.
37th GST Council Meeting
The 37th GST Council met on 20th September 2019 in Goa. It was chaired by the Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman.
- Relaxations in annual returns filing for MSMEs for the financial year 2017 – 18 and 2018 – 19.
- A committee of officers would be appointed for examining the simplification of forms for annual return and reconciliation statement.
- Extension of the last date for filing of appeals against orders of the Appellate Authority before the GST Appellate Tribunal as the Appellate Tribunals are yet not functional.
- The new return system would be introduced from April 2020 instead of the previously proposed October 2019.
- Suitable amendments would be made to the CGST Act, UTGST Act and corresponding SGST Acts in view of the creation of the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
- Integrated refund system with disbursal by a single authority to be introduced from 24th September 2019.
- The Council also took an in-principle decision to link Aadhaar with the registration of taxpayers under GST and also to examine the possibility of making the 12-digit unique identification number mandatory for claiming refunds.
- Changes were also made to the GST rates for various goods and services.
About the GST Council:
- The Goods and Services Tax Council is a constitutional body for making recommendations to the Union and State Governments on issues related to Goods and Service Tax.
- It is chaired by the Union Finance Minister.
- The other members are the Union State Minister of Revenue or Finance, and Ministers in-charge of Finance or Taxation of all the States.
ERSS- Dial 112, ‘E-Beat Book’ System and ‘E-Saathi’ App
The Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah launched three citizen-centric services of the Chandigarh Police which are ERSS- Dial 112, ‘E-Beat Book’ System and ‘E-Saathi’ App, in Chandigarh.
- ERSS stands for Emergency Response Support System.
- ERSS is one of the key projects of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs under the Nirbhaya Fund.
- ERSS provides a single emergency number (112), and a computer-aided dispatch of field resources to the location of distress.
- Citizens can send their emergency information through call, SMS, email and through the 112 India mobile app.
- Till now, there were more than 20 emergency helpline numbers, for various kinds of emergencies needing the help of rescue forces in the domains of fire, health, police, etc.
- This was ineffective since the public would often get confused with the numbers and end up wasting time calling the wrong emergency service.
- To avoid this, the Dial 112 is created, which is a single number for immediate assistance services from police (100), health (108), fire (101), and women (1090).
- Initially, 16 states and Union Territories are planning to roll-out the service.
- In the future, more emergency services would be covered in this initiative.
- It is a web and mobile-based application which will ease the collection, updation and analysis of information related to crime and criminals in real-time.
- The E-Beat Book would be linked with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), which would help in real-time updation of crime/criminal data.
- Every Beat Officer would be having an android phone to use the App.
- This App is intended to help the general public, including senior citizens, to remain in touch with the police and also give suggestions to facilitate participative community policing.
- The beat officer would be able to provide services like passport verification, tenant verification, servant verification, character certification, etc. at a click of a button through the App, without people needing to visit the police station.
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