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[Information compiled under section 4(1)(b)]

1. The particulars of the organisation, functions and duties: -

a) Background :

In the pre-independence era, a Tariff Board existed in the Ministry of Commerce “to advise the Government on measures required for protection of domestic industry”. This was converted into a Commission by The Tariff Commission Act 1951. The main functions of the Commission were to undertake various studies and recommend to the Government, requisite measures for protecting Indian industries, necessary reduction in customs and excise duties in respect of specific industries and remedial measures against dumping of goods. The Commission also undertook suo-moto studies.

The Tariff Commission set up in 1951 under the Ministry of Finance was wound up in 1976 by the Tariff Commission (Repeal) Act of 1976 based on the observation of the Second Fiscal Commission that the functions of the Commission were largely similar to those of the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices (BICP) which was set up in 1970 on the recommendation of the Administrative Reforms Commission. The BICP was bifurcated in August 1997 and the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) was carved out and placed under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.

In 1991-92, the then Finance Minster in his Budget Speech said,

“…I believe that the time has come to evolve a more transparent institutional mechanism for fixing tariffs and domestic prices in sectors where there might still be need for protecting Indian industry against foreign competition and for the determination of administered prices, particularly in the area of public utilities. For this purpose, we propose to restructure the Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices and to transform it into a Tariff Commission.”

Further in 1996-97, the then Finance Minister said in his Budget Speech of 1996-97.

“… In keeping with the promises made in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) … Government have initiated action to set up an independent Tariff Commission.”

The present Commission was established on 2nd  September 1997. In 1999, the BICP alongwith its core functions was merged with the Tariff Commission.

b) Organisation

The Commission is headed by a full time Chairman of the rank and pay of  Secretary to the Government of India and assisted by Member Secretary. in the rank and pay of  Additional Secretary to the Government of India.There is also a provision of two part-time members to be drawn from persons of eminence from relevant fields including, finance, economics, industry, commerce and science & technology.

The Commission has three specialised functional divisions in the areas of Economics, ‘Science & Technology’ and ‘Finance & Costing’. In addition, it has got Administrative, Secretariat and Electronic Data Processing branches to provide administrative, secretariat and EDP support respectively. The Administrative branch consists of sections dealing with Establishment, General Administration, Cash, Hindi, Vigilance, Court Cases, Training, Library and other miscellaneous administrative matters. The Secretariat branch provides all in-house requisite secretariat support on various matters including those pertaining to the completed and on-going studies. The Electronic Data Processing Unit deals with all matters pertaining to Information Technology inter-alia including uploading and updating of the information on the Website, providing support to the officers of the Commission on Computer related matters including procurement of computers.

The three specialised functional divisions are headed by Chief Advisers in their respective fields in the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India. They are supported by Advisers, Directors, Deputy/Assistant Directors, etc. working in their divisions.

The officers/staff in the Commission are drawn from various Central Services viz, IAS, ICAS, IES, ISS, CSS, CSSS, etc. The Commission has its own cadre of S&T personnel to work in Technical division of the Commission. The present organisational structure of the Commission is as under:

 

 

 

The present staff strength of the Commission is as under:

S.No.

Group Post

No. of Post sanctioned

No. of posts vacant

   

Sanctioned

Filled

 

1.

Group ‘A’

78

33

45

2.

Group ‘B’ Gaz. 

Group ‘B’ Non-Gaz

16 

28

10 

21

7

3.

Group ‘C’

39

24

15

4.

Group ‘D’

23

23

-

 

Total

184

112

72

The office of the Commission is located at the following address

Tariff Commission
7th Floor, (A Wing),
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,
New Delhi - 110003

c) Functions

The Commission has been entrusted with the following functions:-

(a) To make recommendations as an expert body, on matters referred to it by Government regarding fixation of tariff and all tariff related issues in relation to trade in goods and services, keeping in view the interest of various sectors including production, trade and consumers and taking into account the international commitments. The Commission should aim at evolving an overall tariff structure and look into the issues of tariff rationalisation.

(b) To study critical market access offers received from trading partners as part of WTO framework and to advise the Government on the opportunities and challenges generated by these offers (as per reference made by the Government).

(c) To make a detailed impact analysis on select sectors like textiles, agriculture, automobiles, information technology, chemicals, steel and engineering goods through a multi-disciplinary team.

(d) To examine the transition-period required for select industries and to recommend the gradual phasing out of the tariffs to facilitate the reform process as referred to it by the Government from time to time.

(e) To identify the tariffication process for select economic activities as referred by the Government from time to time.

(f) To monitor the tariff changes in the competing and trade-partner countries and maintain an inventory of tariff rates at a sufficiently detailed level.

(g) To carry out technical studies on cost of production of different goods and services and their competitiveness in relation to other countries.

(h) To render advice on issues referred to it by the Government on classification of goods, and products along with applicable tariff on such goods and products.

(i) To undertake such other tasks as may be assigned by the Government from time to time.

(j) To present an annual report to the Government of its activities.

2. The Powers & Duties of its officers & Employees

Concerning functions being carried out by this Commission, no statutory power has been vested in it as it is an advisory body. The administrative and financial powers and duties of various functionaries are as under:-

Chairman

The Commission is headed by a full time Chairman of the rank and pay of  Secretary to the Government of India and assisted by Member Secretary in the rank and pay of  Additional Secretary to the Government of India.

Member Secretary

Member Secretary, in the rank of   Additional Secretary to the Government of India. He/She assists and provides necessary support to the Chairman in discharging  his functions and duties. He/She is the guiding force for all the studies undertaken by the Commission.

Secretary

The administrative and secretariat branches dealing with all administrative viz. Establishment, General Admn., Cash, Hindi etc. matters and in-house secretariat support respectively to the officers of the Commission are headed by the Secretary of the Commission. He discharges all the business emanating from the sections in these branches with the support of Director, Under Secretary/ Deputy Director, Assistant Directors/Section Officers and supporting staff. To carry out the requisite functions, the powers have been redelegated to him by HOD within certain financial parameters under the relevant DFPRs/GFRs. Besides, he also coordinates studies undertaken by the Commission.

Dy Director (Administration)

Dy Director (Admn), who has been declared as Head of Office under DFPRs, assists Secretary in discharge of all administrative functions with the support of  Section Officers and supporting staff. Besides, he is also associated with the studies undertaken by the Commission.

Chief Advisers (Head of Divisions)

The Chief Advisers in the three specialised functional divisions viz technical, economic and costing divisions belong to S&T Cadre of the Commission, Indian Economic Service and Indian Cost Accounts Service respectively. All of them are in the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India. Being experts and heads of the respective divisions, they are responsible for in-depth analysis of the issues, concerning their divisions, involved in the studies undertaken by the Commission and preparation of the reports thereof. They are overall responsible for planning, guiding & supervising the work of study teams and ensuring timely completion of the studies of their respective divisions as well as for finalization of the Reports to be submitted to the Commission for approval. In this task, they are assisted by Advisers/Directors/Deputy Directors/Assistant Directors. They also advise the Commission on various issues referred to it by the Government of India from time to time.

3. The procedure followed in the decision-making process, including channels of supervision & accountability.

Being an attached office of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Tariff Commission follows all the Rules, Regulations and Instructions issued by the Government from time to time to carry out its administrative functions.

Concerning technical work of the studies undertaken by the Commission, the work is done by the study teams having representatives from all the three specialised divisions constituted for the purpose. These study teams under the guidance of their Heads of Divisions and Member Secretary finalise the Terms of Reference, activity wise time schedule, methodology etc. and accomplish the task in the given time frame by submitting the reports including the recommendations to the Commission for onward transmission to the respective client department/ministry of the Government of India. Being an advisory body, the implementation of the recommendations rests with the client administrative Ministry. The various levels of supervision are depicted in the Organisational Chart given earlier.

4. The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions:-

Concerning in-house administrative functions, the Commission follows all the norms as laid down in various Rule Books including the Manual Of Office Procedure of the Government of India. For the core functions pertaining to studies, analysis of data and making recommendations to the Government of India, the Commission does not have any pre-determined set of norms. Each study is unique & its analysis depends upon the nature and type of study, timeframe, availability of data and the terms of reference assigned by client ministry. To ensure timely completion of the study as per TORs, the Commission draw up an internal activity-wise time schedule to follow it up.

5. The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions:-

With regard to the carrying out of administrative function of the Commission, the rule books/guidelines/instructions issued by the Government of India from time to time are kept in the respective Sections for reference and application in the respective cases. The information available on Internet and collected from primary/secondary sources is also used by employees in discharge of its functions.

On technical matters, all the relevant files and copies of the studies completed by the Commission/BICP are maintained. Important manuals/journals, reports books on various subjects, etc are also kept in library for reference.

6. A Statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control:-

The documents maintained by the Commission inter-alia include all the relevant files/document on i) personal files of the officers and staff ii) financial matters concerning Five Years/ Annual Plans, Budgetary Matters, etc. iii) Parliamentary Matters iv) House keeping matters v) Pay Bill Registers vi) Annual Confidential Reports of officers working on posts controlled by Commission and Property Returns. In addition, the copies of all the studies completed by BICP/Tariff Commission are also kept in the Commission for record and reference purposes. The Library of the Commission also contains all the important manuals/journals and books on the concerned subjects besides other books of interest to the employees.

7. The Particulars of any arrangements that exists for consultation with or representation by the members of public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof: -

In view of the type and nature of the work done in the Commission, there is no direct access with any member of the public for consultation purpose. As such, no arrangements exist for consultation etc. However, if any representation on technical matter is received through the client Ministry, the same is dealt with depending upon its nature, content & relationship with any Govt. Deptt/ Institution, its purpose and large natural interest as per the set procedure of the Commission . The public can have access to the Website of the Commission for the requisite information pertaining to its Organisation and related details including list of studies completed by the BICP/Commission on its Website address.

8. A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advise, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public:

Not Applicable

9. A directory of its officers and employees:-

The telephone directory containing official and residential telephones numbers and address of officers of Section Officers and above is displayed on website and is also enclosed at Annexure A.

10. The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations:-

The monthly remuneration given to the officers and employees differ from post to post. They are given annual increment also on their basic pay in the respective pay scales. Besides the basic pay other allowances as are applicable are given to the government servants. The details of the pay scales for different posts in this commission are enclosed as Annexure B.

11. The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursement made: -

The details of the budget allocation for tariff commission both plan and non-plan for the financial year 2005-06 is at Annexure C. The Plan allocation is utilised for meeting expenditure on activities such as Developmental Studies, Computerization and Library & Infra Structural Developments. The Non-plan expenditure is spent on items such as salaries, wages, TA/DA, office expenses, publication etc.

12. The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes:-

Not Applicable

13. Particulars of recipient of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by it:-

Not Applicable

14. Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form:-

The Annual Report & List of Studies completed by BICP/Tariff Commission and on-going studies, is on the Website. i.e., http://tc.nic.in

15. The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use: -

The nature of work of Tariff Commission does not call for direct access to any member of the public. The library of the Commission is solely for the purpose of reference by its officers/staff. The public can access to Tariff Commission website on its address viz.http://tc.nic.in or contact the officer for further details.

16. The names, designation and other particulars of the Public Information Officers:-

The details of Public Information Officer and Assistant Pubilc Information Officer are as under:

Name: Mrs Madhurika Rao,
Designation: Senior Systems Analyst,
Tariff Commission Phone No. 2461 5154
Address: 7th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan Khan Market,
New Delhi 110 023


Name: Mr R K Puri 
Designation: Economic Officer, Tariff Commission 
Address : 9th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan Khan Market, 
New Delhi 110 023

17. Such other information as maybe prescribed:-

Tariff Commission is a purely advisory body. It does not exercise any administrative or statutory power or formulate any policy in relation to Public at large. It, however, takes decisions relating to the internal administration of the office and its employees and the discharge of its functions viz conducting studies etc. on specific issues referred to it or on suo-moto basis.

The sharing of information gathered from the third parties for conducting studies and the study report contents will be decided in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Right to Information Act, on case to case basis & nature of the information/studies, their sensitiveness keeping in view the large national interest.

Annexure A

TARIFF COMMISSION - TELEPHONE DIRECTORY 7th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi - 110 003

 

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Name Designation Office No. Resi No./Mobile Room No. EPBAX Resi Address
             
             
Dr. Smita Chugh Member Secretary 24698454   702   Tower 5 A-7 New Moti Bagh, New Delhi
Mrs. Sarla Balani Sr. PPS         21/109 Lodhi Colony New Delhi 110003
Sh. K.Vijay Kumar Chief Adviser(Cost) 24693911   712    
Sh. Ram Mohan PA 24693911   712    
             
Sh. Y.V.Telang Chief Adviser (S&T) 24615871 22242523 712   C-I, Sahyadri 9A, I.P.Extn Delhi-92
Mrs Neeraj Jaitley PA 24615871   712   H No. 60 Afgana Street, Delihi Gat Ghaziabad 201001
Mr. Krishan Kumar DDG 24698923 9350107324 706   325 Great India Apartments Sector 6 Plot 15 Dwarka New Delhi 110075
Mr. Ravish Joiya PS          
COSTING DIVISION
Sh. A.K.Soni Adviser          
Mr.S.K.Barman Adviser     714    
N.Sridhar Director     711    
Sh. Lalit Kumar Wadhwa Asst Director 24699074 9569209086 711   BR-40A, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi-88
Sh. Vijay Kumar Asst Director 24699074 9911462657 711   Katra No 3, Gurmandi, GT Karnal Road, Delhi-7
Sh. Sujoy Mitra Asst Director 24699074        
Sh. Rakesh Kakkar Asst Director 24699074        
Sh..Pawan Kumar Asst Director 24699074        
             
Ms. Rashmi Tahiliani Asst Director 24699074        
ECONOMIC DIVISION
Sh. Alimalmigothi Adviser 24654207 24622668 706   477-Block No. 13, 297 Lodhi Colony, New Delhi-3
Sh. S.C.Sharma Deputy Director 24618207   705    
Sh. V.K.Malhotra Deputy Director 24618207   705    
Ms. Usha Kumar Asst. Director 24618207   705    
Mr.A.K.Singh Asst. Director 24618207   705    
TECHNICAL DIVISION
Sh. Mahendra Kumar Secretary,TC & Industrial Adviser 24698923 95120-2930226 706   6H/187, Sec-5, Rajender Nagar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad
Sh. R.K.Sharma Director 24649075 95120-2759708 709   SA-135, Shastri Nagar, Ghaziabad
Sh. P.K.Dhar Deputy Director 24616360        
             
COMPUTER / NIC CELL
Mrs. Madhurika Rao Sr.S.A. 24615154   Com Div   19/1022, Lodhi Colony, N.Delhi -03
Sh. Subhash Chand DPA Gr.B 24615154   Com Div   Vill & P.O. Jawali, Distt Ghaziabad, UP
             
SECRETARIAT
Sh. R.K.Puri Economic Officer 24617689   703    
Sh. Chetan  S.Jayant Economic Officer 24964014 0120-2774967 705   717, C-F 2, Sec-5, Vaishali, Ghaziabad (UP)
             
Mr. Manoj PA          
             
ADMINISTRATION
Sh Yashpal Sharma Dy..Dir. 24622331   703    
             
             
HINDI CELL
Sh Yashpal Sharma Dy..Dir.     713    
             
LIBRARY
Mrs. Madhurika Rao Sr.S.A. 24635633   7th floor    
             
MISCELLANEOUS
Conference Room       7th floor    
Reception Gate No1. 24697018        
  Gate No.2 24697948   237    
FAX No. Chairman Office 24690779        
  MS Office 24694196        
  Secy Office 24622961        

Shri A.K.Soni, Adviser is also working as Vigilance Officer

Mrs. P.Madhurika Rao is also working as Public Information Officer

Shri Yashpal Sharma Deputy Director is also working as  Deputy  Director(Admin)

                                                                                                                                      Annexure-B

Post-wise Pay Scales of Officers/Officials of Tariff Commission

S.No.

Designation of the post

Pay Scale

New Pay Scale

1.

Chairman

26000 (Fixed)

80,000(Fixed)

2.

Member Secretary

22400-525-24500

HAG + Rs. 75500-80000

3.

Member

18400-500-22400

PB-4 Rs.37400-67000+10000

4.

Chief Adviser

18400-500-22400

PB-4 Rs.37400-67000+10000

5.

Economic Adviser

18400-500-22400

PB-4 Rs.37400-67000+10000

6.

Adv.(System)

14300-400-18300

PB-4 Rs.37400-67000+8700

7.

Adviser

14300-400-18300

PB-4 Rs.37400-67000+10000

8.

Director

12000-375-16500

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 + 7600

9.

Secretary

12000-375-16500

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 + 7600

10.

Dy. Dir.(Computer)

10000-325-15200

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 +6600

11.

Dy. Director

10000-325-15200

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 +6600

12.

PPS

10000-325-15200

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 +6600

13.

Asstt. Director

8000-275-13500

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 +5400

14.

Asstt. Secy.-cum-Admn. Officer

8000-275-13500

PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 +5400

15.

Section Officer

6500-200-10500

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4800

16.

Asstt. Dir (OL)

6500-200-10500

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4800

17.

ALIO

6500-200-10500

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4600

18.

Private Secretary

6500-200-10500

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4800

19.

DPA Grade ‘B’

6500-200-10500

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4600

20.

Assistant

5500-175-9000

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4200

21.

Accountant

5500-175-9000

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4200

22.

Personal Assistant

5500-175-9000

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4200

23.

Sr. Investigator

5500-175-9000

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4200

24.

DPA Grade ‘A’

5500-175-9000

PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + Rs.4200

25.

Jr. Hindi Translator

4500-125-7000

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.4200

26.

Jr. Investigator

4500-125-7000

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.2800

27.

UDC

4000-100-6000

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.2400

28.

Stenographer

4000-100-6000

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.2800

29.

LDC

3050-4590

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1900

30.

Despatch Rider

3050-4590

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1900

31.

Staff Car Driver

3050-4590

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1900

32.

Lib. Attendant

3050-4590

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1900

33.

Roneo Operator

3050-4590

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1900

34.

Comptometer Operator

3050-4590

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1900

35.

Sr. Peon

2650-4000

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1800

36.

Daftry

2650-4000

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1800

37.

Peon

2550-3200 & 2610-3540

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1800

38.

Farash

2550-3200

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1800

39.

Safaiwala

2550-3200

PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + Rs.1800

                                                                                             Annexure-C

Budget (Plan and Non-Plan) Estimates for 2012-13

There is no plan budget expenditure for the year 2012-13

                DEMAND FOR GRANTS 2012-13

 (In thousands Rupees)

2852.80.103 

 

 

Plan

Non Plan 

Total

 

80.103

Tariff & Price Regulation (minor Head)

 

 

 

03

Tariff Commission

 

 

 

03.01

Energy Audit & Industrial Monitoring

 

 

 

03.01.50

Other Charges

 

1900

1900

03.02

Establishment

 

 

 

03.02.01

Salaries

 

62900

62900

03.02.02

Wages

 

150

150

03.02.03

Overtime Allowance

 

100

100

03.02.06

Medical Treatment

 

1000

1000

03.02.11

Domestic Travel Exp.

Foreign Travel Expenses

 

2500

4100

2500

4100

03.02.13

Office Expenses

 

5500

5500

03.02.16

Publication

 

700

700

03.02.28

Professional Services

 

150

150

03.99

Information Technology

 

 

 

03.99.50

Other Charges

 

1000

1000

 

 

 

 

 

2852.80.103

 

 

 

 

03

Total-Tariff Commission

 

80000

80000

80.103

Total-Tariff & Price Regulation

(Minor Head)

     

 

                    Implementation Status of Right to Information Act, 2005

                             (refer Clause 25 – Monitoring by CIC)  

Issues

Commissions response

(a)Number of requests received by each authority

20.

 

(b) Number of decisions where applications were not entitled to access the documents pursuant to the requests, the provisions of the Act under which these decisions were made and the number of times such provisions were invoked

NIL

(c) The number of appeals referred to Central Information Commission for review, the nature of appeals and the outcome of appeals.

NIL

(d) Details of disciplinary action taken against any officer in respect of administration of this Act.

NIL

(e) Amount of charges collected by each public authority under this Act.

Rs. 30

(f) The details to indicate efforts made by the public authorities to administer and implement the spirit and intention of this Act.

In pursuant to the Clause 4 of the Act, the requisite information pertaining to TC has been placed on the website. 

(g) Suitable suggestions for reform, including  those required for development, improvement, modernization, reform for the amendment of the Act or other legislation or common law or any other matter relevant for operationalisation  the Right to access the information.

The PIO and APIO should be given training on various aspects of RTI Act.

 

Staff Car logbook and Travelling Allowance

Log Book of office Staff Car will be available for verification on 1st ( date) and 15 ( date) of the month. In case these dates happened to be holiday it will be available for verification on the succeeding first working day. 

Travelling Allowance bills also be available for verification on 1st (date) and 15(date) of the month. In case these dates happened to be holiday it will be available for verification on the succeeding first working day.