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Dicey Fate? Battle for Uttar Pradesh causes Collateral damage to the state

While it earned Rs 4,494 crore in tax in November, the collection slipped in December and is set to go down further in January and February due to engagement of employees and officials in election duty

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-by Mohit Dubey

Lucknow, 14 February 2017: Uttar Pradesh’s revenue has taken a big hit — first due to demonetization and now because most government employees are out on election duty.

Officials in the concerned departments fear that the revenue targets for the current fiscal might take a knock of 25-30 per cent.

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The Sales Tax Department, an official told IANS, has seen a drop in collections in the past three months.

While it earned Rs 4,494 crore in tax in November, the collection slipped in December and is set to go down further in January and February due to engagement of employees and officials in election duty.

The Excise Department, the cash cow, has also taken a beating in revenue collection. An official said that as against a target of Rs 1,443 crore in December, the collection was down at Rs 1,345 crore.

With elections for the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh assembly underway, even sale of liquor has fallen, partly because of strictures from the Election Commission.

The stamp and registration revenue target was Rs 12,130 crore but has been downsized in a big way, with collections dropping to Rs 9,222 crore.

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The target for this month has been scaled down to Rs 13,953 crore from Rs 16,319.60 crore (a loss of Rs 2,366 crore).

The Sales and Trade Tax target has been revised from Rs 57,940.30 crore to Rs 51,508.93 crore.

The ongoing elections have also hit hearings and disposal at revenue courts.

By a conservative official estimate, in Lucknow alone, more than 12,000 cases have come to a halt as officials are on election duty.

All cases being heard in the district magistrates’ courts and other revenue courts have now been given dates after March 14, by when probably a new government would be in place.

Cases pending before officials of five tehsils in Lucknow and others have also been deferred till March.

And with traffic police too deployed on election duty, even traffic in Lucknow is affected.

For about five days, traffic snarls have become the order of the day. A police officer told IANS that 45 Senior Head Constables, 50 Head Constables and 280 Constables have been pulled out for 26 days of election duty.

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Finding itself short-staffed to manage traffic — not to speak of increased VIP movement due to the elections — the traffic department is trying to rope in NCC cadets and Civil Defense wardens to help them out.

The Haj pilgrimage process too has been put on hold in more than one way. The lottery taken out to name the lucky selected ones that usually takes place between March 1 and 8 has been shifted to a later date.

And as politicians are busy campaigning, wooing voters, there are thousands who are hit by election blues and have become collateral damage! (IANS)

 

 

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BHIM app: All about going Cashless

The BHIM app was developed by NPCI on 30th December 2016 and later launched by PM Narendra Modi.

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BHIM app works across all bank accounts. Wikimedia commons
BHIM app works across all bank accounts. Wikimedia commons

The act of demonetization by the government last year had simply made us stand on our heels. People were fighting their way out in the absence of hard cash and thus made us oblige to the digital platform.

BHIM app is one of the various digital money transfer app (application) which uses UPI (Unified Payments Interface). The app was developed by NPCI on 30th December 2016 and later launched by PM Narendra Modi. It aims towards bringing Financial inclusion and making us a digitally empowered society.

BHIM app is backed by the Government of India making it a more reliable cashless payment option (unlike PayTM). Pixabay
BHIM app is backed by the Government of India making it a more reliable cashless payment option (unlike PayTM). Pixabay

Here, we will help you to walk through the procedure involved in the better use of BHIM app.

How to download BHIM app

  • You can download and install BHIM from Google play store for Android and Apple store for IOS.
  • Select whichever language you prefer.
  • Select the mobile number which is registered with your bank.
  • Set a 4 digit password to log in.
  • Link a bank account.
  • Now, you need to set a UPI pin by providing the expiry date and last six digits of your debit card.
  • Your account is now registered and you are ready to go cashless.How to use BHIM without internet
  • You can dial *99# from your phone and you will be able to avail the same features of BHIM on your mobile.
  • *99# can also be used to register for BHIM.
BHIM app has three level authentication including device ID or mobile number, bank account and UPI pin, which makes it the most secure option. Pixabay
BHIM app has three level authentication including device ID or mobile number, bank account and UPI pin, which makes it the most secure option. Pixabay

Features of BHIM app

Send Money
With this feature, you can send money by scanning a QR code, combination of Account Number and IFSC by using Virtual Payment Address (VPA).

Request Money
This feature allows you to send a collect request by entering VPA. Also, through BHIM, you can transfer money using a Mobile that is registered with BHIM or *99#.

Scan and Pay
This feature allows you to pay by scanning the QR code.

Transactions
This one will show your transaction history. It shows pending UPI collection request, so you can approve or reject payments. Also, there is an option to report if a user wants to raise any complaint.

Profile
This option will help you to view the static QR code and Payment addresses that are created. The QR can be downloaded and also be shared through WhatsApp or Email.

Bank Account
This feature enables you to check the bank account (which is linked to BHIM). You can set or change your UPI pin or the bank account linked with BHIM App by clicking on ‘Change Account’. You can also check your account balance using this feature.

BHIM is not a wallet. It is a payments application which allows users to make instant bank transfers. Pixabay

Why should you use the BHIM app?

  • It works across all bank accounts.
  • You can access it without internet.
  • BHIM is backed by the Government of India making it a more reliable cashless payment option (unlike PayTM).
  • It has three level authentication including device ID or mobile number, bank account and UPI pin, which makes it the most secure option.
  • All in all, BHIM has turned out to be the safest and most reliable cashless payment option against competitors like Paytm.