Department of Revenue Current Affairs - 2019
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Government of India has now implemented Project ‘SPARROW-CBIC’ for online writing of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) in SPARROW, for over 46,000 Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ Officers of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) working in its various formations all across India. The term SPARROW stands for ‘Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window’.
- Background: Online writing of Annual Performance Appraisal Report’s (APAR) in SPARROW for IRS (C&CE) Officers has already been implemented in year 2016-17. The Indian Revenue Service C&CE handles set of indirect taxes namely Service Tax, Central Excise, Customs etc.
- Implemented By: The Directorate General of Human Resource Development (DGHRD), the Human resources Management (HRM) arm of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) of Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance (MoF) is the implementing agency. It is being implemented in more than 400 formations of CBIC throughout India.
- About SPARROW-CBIC: It is a project for online writing of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) for Officers of CBIC. It is one of its kind project in terms of number and scale of employees covered as far as Central Government Departments are concerned. It seeks to bring a complete change in APAR management of large number of Group ‘B’ & Group ‘C’ Officers and Staff of CBIC. This would in turn lead to better Human resources
- Significance: Project leverages modern technology for enhancing morale and overall efficiency of everyone working in Central GST and Customs formations of CBIC. It serves as an important milestone in journey towards digitisation and paper less working.
Tags: Annual Performance Appraisal Report • APAR • CBIC • Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs • Central GST
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has constituted three working groups to suggest ways to facilitate exports, especially through e-commerce, and improve compliance by way of curbing tax evasion. The Working Groups would study and recommend measures to facilitate trade, promote exports and improve compliance.
Mandate of Working Groups
- Export promotion and facilitation with emphasis on boosting exports through e-commerce by addressing the trade facilitation barriers faced in India’s export market.
- Recommend the ways for improving the quality of logistics services for exporters.
- Enhancing compliance, plugging loopholes to improve customs revenue collections and curb Integrated GST (IGST) refund frauds.
- Improving the legislative structure of customs tariff and update it to suit the emerging and future needs of the economy and industry.
- Creation of a comprehensive export tariff structure to enhance India’s export competitiveness.
The working groups will consult stakeholders, including export promotion councils, and submit the report within two months.
Central Board of Indirect taxes
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (erstwhile Central Board of Excise & Customs) works under the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
The board is vested with the responsibility of formulation of policy concerning levy and collection of Customs, Central Excise duties, Central Goods & Services Tax and IGST, prevention of smuggling and administration of matters relating to Customs, Central Excise, Central Goods & Services Tax, IGST and Narcotics to the extent under CBIC’s purview.
The Board is the administrative authority for its subordinate organizations, including Custom Houses, Central Excise and Central GST Commissionerates and the Central Revenues Control Laboratory.