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Page 1: Wide powers for anti-proiteering body Can punish firms not passing on beneits to consumers: The National Anti-Profiteering Authority, to be set up under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, will have wide-ranging powers. It will be able to issue notices to anybody for a"fair enquiry." as per the rules finalised by the GST Council. The Authority will have the powers to order a reduction in prices, impose a penalty,and even cancel the registration of a company deemed to have not passed on a tax rate reduction to consumers. The rules, which are yet to be made public, state that the Authority is to be chaired by either a retired High Court judge or a member of the Indian Legal Service who has at least three years of experience at the level of Additional Secretary or higher. . The rules mandate a three-step procedure, from the detection of anti-profiteering to the decision of the Authorit)y. . They provide for the creation of a Standing Committee, which would receive complaints from anyone about profiteering practices.
Page 7: CIC says BCCI should come under the RTI Act ->Central Information Commission (CIC) has urged the Committee ofAdministrators (CoA) running the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to bring the organisation under the RTI Act. In a previous order, the CIC had elaborately explained the need for making BCCI a public authority The latest order states that the Sports Minister had told the Lok Sabha in 2012 that BCCI was a National Sports Federation for cricket, which received thousands of crores towards tax concessions. Thus it has to come under the RTI in order to remain accountable to the public. The CIC in its order has asked the PMO, the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Sports Ministry as to why RTI was not being implemented by the organisation.
Background: The RTI Act 2005 provides for establishment of Central and State information commissioner as a designated authority to receive and inquire into a complaint from any person. The Supreme Court has, in various judgements, held that the right to information is a part of the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 19 (I) of the Constitution. The Commission includes I Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and not more than 10 Information Commissioners (IC) who are appointed by the President of India. Oath of Office is administered by the President of India according to the form set out in the First Schedule. Article 12: Definition of State Supreme Court has held that BCCl is not financially, functionally or administratively dominated by govt. Nor it is under the control of govt. and therefore it is not "State". Conflict arises because if an organisation is substantially financed then organisation will fall within the scope of Section 2(h)(d)(ii) of the RTI Act (definition of public authority,).