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Director General of Income Tax of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry set up a 24 x 7 Control Room


In the wake of the State Legislative Assembly General Election – 2021 to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Bye Election to Kanyakumari Parliamentary Constituency to be held on 6th April 2021, the Election Commission of India has sought the assistance of the Directorate General of the Income Tax (Investigations) to monitor election expenditure. 

The role of the Directorate is to provide assistance to ensure free and transparent fair elections by controlling the role played by unaccounted funds in the election process, stated a press release issued by the Additional Director of Income Tax (Inv.), Unit-2, Chennai Nodal Officer, Election Expenditure Monitoring.

To achieve this objective, the Investigation Directorate will take proactive steps to discover and seize unaccounted funds intended to be utilized for electioneering, the release said.

As a part of this initiative, the Director-General of Income Tax (Investigation), Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has set up a 24 x 7 Control Room with a Toll-free number, designated fax and facility of email and WhatsApp to receive complaints/information from the public.

The details of the same are given below:

Toll-free Telephone No.            :         1800 425 6669

Fax No.                                    :         044 – 28271915

E-mail                                      :

WhatsApp No.                          :         94453 94453       

Persons who have knowledge/information about storage, possession or movement of a large amount of cash have been requested to pass on the information through any one of the modes mentioned above, the release added.

#IncomeTaxDepartment #Puducherry #TamilNadu

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV merge to form Sansad TV

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels have been merged to form a single channel - Sansad Television.

Retired IAS officer Ravi Capoor has been chosen as Chief Executive Officer of the channel for a period of one year with immediate effect, or until further orders, whichever is earlier, stated an official order.

Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV air the proceedings of the parliament.

#RajyaSabhaTV #LokSabhaTV #SansadTV

Spectrum Auction 2021 concludes


Today was the second and concluding day of Spectrum Auction 2021.

"The value of the spectrum for which there are winning bids is Rs 77,814.80 crore. Hence, incremental bids for Rs 668.20 crore were made today," said Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, at the conclusion of the auction. The auction, which began on 1st March 2021, concluded today at 12.45 pm, after a total of 6 rounds of bidding. The e-auction was based on the Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending Auction (SMRA) methodology.

Mr Anshu Prakash informed that bidding took place for spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands. The total quantity of spectrum for which right to use has been acquired in these bands is 855.60 MHz. The participants did not bid in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands. Four rounds of bidding (two each with stipulated activity levels of 80 % and 90%) took place on 01.03.2021. Two rounds of bidding with stipulated activity level of 100% took place today.

Three bidders – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd, and Reliance JioInfocommLtd – participated in the auction.

Bidder-wise details of quantity of spectrum acquired and amounts payable are as follows:

Bidder - Total quantity (MHz) - Total amount (Rs crore)

Bharti Airtel Ltd - 355.45 - 18,698.75

Vodafone Idea Ltd - 11.80 - 1,993.40

Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd - 488.35 - 57,122.65

A total quantity of 2308.80 MHz spectrum was put to auction, including spectrum that is expiring up to December 2021. Of this quantity, bids were received for 855.60MHz of the spectrum. Excluding spectrum in 700MHz and 2500MHz bands, this is about 60 per cent of the spectrum put to auction. In the 2016 spectrum auction, where there were 7 bidders, the spectrum sold was 41 per cent by the quantity and 12 per cent by value of the total spectrum put to auction. The corresponding figures in the 2021 spectrum auction are 37 per cent and 19 per cent respectively, with 3 participants.

The quantity of spectrum put to auction and the spectrum acquired in different bands is as follows:

Band - Quantity put to auction (MHz) - Quantity acquired (MHz) - Percentage

700 MHz (paired) - 660 - 0 - 0

800 MHz (paired) - 230 - 150 - 65.22

900 MHz (paired) - 98.80 - 38.40 - 38.87

1800 MHz (paired) - 355 - 152.20 - 42.87

2100 MHz (paired) - 175 - 15 - 8.57

2300 MHz (paired) - 560 - 500 - 89.29

2500 MHz (paired) - 230 - 0 - 0

Total - 2308.80 - 855.60 - 37.06

Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC) for the spectrum acquired in this auction will be payable at the rate of 3 per cent of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) of the licensee, excluding revenue from wireline services.

The auction is concluded and these provisional results are subject to scrutiny and approval by the Government.

With the deployment of additional spectrum acquired in this auction in the networks of Telecom Service Providers, the Quality of Service and customer experience of telecom consumers across the country are expected to improve.


Bid amount exceeds Rs 77,000 crore on Day 1 of Spectrum Auction 2021


Auction of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands commenced at 10 am yesterday and four rounds of bidding took place till 6 pm. Another one or two rounds are expected to be conducted today following which the auction will conclude.

Details of the Spectrum Auction:

  1. Three bidders – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd, and Reliance Jio Infocomm – are participating in the auction.
  2. The value of the spectrum for which there are provisional winning bids is Rs 77,146 crore. This has already substantially exceeded pre-bid estimates of Rs 45,000 crore.
  3. Bidder-wise details of quantity won and amounts payable will be available only after the conclusion of the auction.
  4. The e-auction is based on the Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending Auction (SMRA) methodology. Available spectrum in all bands is simultaneously put to auction in all the Licensed Service Areas (LSAs).
  5. Bidding has taken place for spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands. The participants did not bid in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.
  6. A total of 2308.80 MHz spectrum is being put to auction, out of which there have been bids for 849.20 MHz so far. Excluding spectrum in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands, this is almost 60 per cent of the spectrum put to auction. (In the 2016 spectrum auction, where there were 7 bidders, the spectrum sold was 41 per cent by the quantity and 12 per cent by value of the total spectrum put to auction. The corresponding figures in the 2021 spectrum auction so far are 37 per cent and 19 per cent respectively, with 3 participants.)
  7. The spectrum which will be assigned to the successful bidders is valid for 20 years.
  8. In 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands, bidders are required to pay 25 per cent of the final bid amount as an upfront payment. In the rest of the bands, bidders are required to make a payment of 50 per cent of final bid amount upfront. The balance amount (after upfront payment) will be payable in 16 equated annual instalments after a moratorium of 2 years.


24.5 Lakh citizens register for COVID vaccine


The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which started on 16th Jan 2021, commenced yesterday for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

As many as 25 Lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal yesterday. Out of this, 24.5 Lakh are citizens and the rest are Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers. About 6.44 Lakh appointments were booked by the citizen beneficiaries.

A total of 1,47,28,569 vaccine doses were given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm yesterday.

These include 66,95,665 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 25,57,837 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 53,27,587 FLWs (1st dose), 1,28,630 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 18,850 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

Total 4,27,072 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm yesterday, the forty-fifth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination. Out of which 3,25,485 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,01,587 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.

#COVID19 #COVID19Vaccine

Rs 1,13,143 crore gross GST revenue collected in Feb


The gross GST revenue collected in the month of February 2021 is Rs 1,13,143 crore, the Ministry of Finance informed in a statement.

Of the gross GST, CGST is Rs 21,092 crore, SGST is Rs 27,273 crore, IGST is Rs 55,253 crore (including Rs 24,382 crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 9,525 crore (including Rs 660 crore collected on import of goods).

The government has settled Rs 22,398 crore to CGST and Rs 17,534 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. In addition, the Centre has also settled Rs 48,000 crore as IGST ad-hoc settlement in the ratio of 50:50 between Centre and States/UTs. The total revenue of the Centre and the States after regular settlement and ad-hoc settlement in the month of February 2021 is Rs 67,490 crore for CGST and Rs 68,807 crore for the SGST.

In line with the trend of recovery in the GST revenues over the past five months, the revenues for the month of February 2021 are 7 per cent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year. During the month, revenues from import of goods were 15 per cent higher and the revenues from the domestic transaction (including import of services) were 5 per cent higher than the revenues from these sources during the same month last year.

The GST revenues crossed Rs 1 lakh the fifth time in a row and crossed Rs 1.1 lakh crore third time in a row post-pandemic despite this being revenue collection of the month of February. This is a clear indication of the economic recovery and the impact of various measures taken by tax administration to improve compliance.

The chart below shows trends in monthly gross GST revenues during the current year. The table shows the state-wise figures of GST collected in each State during the month of February 2021 as compared to February 2020.


Highest number of domestic flights witnessed since resumption


The number of domestic passengers on 28th February 2021 rose to 3,13,668 on 2,353 flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri said. He further stated that this is the highest since the resumption of domestic flights on 25th May 2020.

Total flight movements on 28th February 2021 were 4,699. The total number of footfalls in airports was 6,17,824.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were ceased with effect from midnight (11:59 pm) of 24th March 2020. The operation resumed after two months on 25th May 2020.

#COVID19 #HardeepSinghPuri

Mobile App monitoring prices of 22 essential commodities


Monitoring and predictive analysis of prices of essential commodities has taken a giant step ahead with the launch of India Mobile App for price monitoring of 22 essential commodities by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The App provides effective real-time information about retail and wholesale prices of essential commodities from 127 locations across the country.

To improve the quality of prices data for reporting daily prices by the price reporting centres, the Department of Consumer Affairs launched the Mobile App on 1st January 2021.

The Department has also proposed to DEA for Technical Assistance Fund under CARES Progamme of Asian Development Bank (ADB) for improving price monitoring and analysis. The activity components under the technical assistance are upgradation of price monitoring portal, capacity building for price reporting centres and price monitoring cell, identification of long-term improvements for food commodity supply chain & market efficiency. DEA has approved the proposal.

The Department of Consumer Affairs monitors the price of 22 essential commodities viz., rice, wheat, Atta (wheat), Gram Dal, Tur/Arhar Dal, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Masoor Dal, Sugar, Milk, Groundnut oil, Mustard oil, Vanaspati, Soya oil, Sunflower oil, Palm oil, Gur, Tea, Salt, Potato, Onion and Tomato.

Daily report of retail and wholesale prices are obtained from 127 price reporting centres located in State Food & Civil Supplies Departments across the country. The daily report of prices and indicative price trends are analysed for taking appropriate decisions such as release of stocks from the buffer, export-import policy etc. 

Price reporting through Mobile App ensures reporting from the market location as data are geo-tagged thereby displaying the location from where price data are reported.

Reporting of static data from office desktop is ruled out through the application of Mobile App. Therefore, the condition to operationalise Mobile App is that each Price Reporting Centre has to furnish market details such as names and addresses of the shops and markets from where prices are being collected daily.

As per the guidelines for retail price reporting, prices of the same variety of a commodity are to be collected from three markets, viz., High Income Market, Middle Income Market and Low Income Market, and the average of the three prices is to be reported. The Mobile App has an inbuilt feature to calculate and report the average price. This helps in avoiding human errors in calculation.

Market information from Agmarknet, Agriwatch, NAFED and trade associations also constitute inputs for price analyses. The department is utilising the services of Agriwatch for providing market intelligence, predictive analysis of prices and to develop price forecasting model.


TN extends lockdown

Tamil Nadu Government has extended the COVID-19 related lockdown till 31st March 2021.

All international air travels will remain prohibited, except for purposes permitted by the Home Ministry.

All the directives related to containment zones, COVID appropriate behaviours and necessary prohibitions will continue.

#COVID19 #TamilNadu

MHA extends Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution related to COVID19


The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an Order today to extend the existing guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution related to COVID-19 to remain in force upto 31st March 2021, an official release issued by the MHA said.

States/Union Territories have also been advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population so as to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic.

Accordingly, Containment Zones continue to be demarcated carefully; prescribed containment measures strictly followed within these zones; COVID-appropriate behaviour promoted and strictly enforced, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prescribed in respect of various permitted activities followed scrupulously, the release informed.

The Ministry said that the focussed approach on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines/ SOPs, as envisaged in the Guidelines issued on 27th January 2021; need to be enforced strictly by States and Union Territories.

#MinistryofHomeAffairs #COVID19