Justice Eswar Committee on IT Laws
A high-level committee has been set up by the centre under former Delhi High Court Judge Justice R.V. Eswar to suggest simplification of Income Tax (IT) laws. The 10 member panel will study and identify the provisions in the Income Tax Act which are leading to litigation due to different interpre-tations. The panel will suggest alternatives and modifications to the existing provisions and areas to bring about predictability and certainity in tax laws without substantial impact on the tax base and revenue collection. The committee will give its report at the end of January, 2016.

Five member panel to review research grants offered by UGC
The government has appointed a five member panel to review the research grants offered by University of Grants Commission (UGC). The committee will submit it’s report to the HRD MInistry. Students protest against the scrapping of the non-NET fellowship by the UGC. The committee has been asked to determine the feasibility of enhancing the coverage of NET fellowships which are merit based.

Empowered Committee under Nirbhaya Fund
The Union Government on 4 November 2015 constituted an Empowered Committee to approve schemes proposed under the Nirbhaya Fund. The Secretary of the Women&Child Development Ministry will be the chairperson of the committee. The Committee comprises officials from various ministries, including Women and Child Development, Home Affairs, Road Transport and Railways. The Empowered Committee of Officers will take decision on the sanction of schemes/projects from Nirbhaya Fund within 15 days of the date of receipt of the proposal by the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

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