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Incentives and disincentives of the Vehicle Scrapping Policy of the Govt.

In the Vehicle Scrapping Policy, it is proposed to have a system of incentives and disincentives to nudge vehicle owners to discard old and polluting vehicles, which have higher maintenance and fuel consumption costs.         

          In this regard, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a GSR Notification, 714(E) dated 04.10.2021 in the Gazette of India, which shall come into force from the 1st day of April, 2022.  Details are as below:

  1. As an incentive, there will be waiver of the fee for issue of certificate of registration for a new vehicle, purchased against the authority of the Certificate of Deposit (CoD) issued by a Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility for a vehicle being scrapped. 
  2. As regards disincentives, there will be:
  1. Increase in the fee for conducting fitness test and renewal of fitness certificate for motor vehicles more than 15 years old,
  2. Increase in the fitness certification fee for transport vehicles more than 15 years old, and
  3. Increase in the renewal of registration fee for personal vehicles (non transport vehicles) more than 15 years old.

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Overseas Recruitment Agents’ Licences

While visiting a friend today, he had remarked about the difficulty of obtaining a renewal of his licence as a recruiter for overseas positions. That led to do some research on the subject of overseas manpower consultants and their registration process and licensing. 

Overseas manpower recruitment agents have to obtain license from the office of the Protector of Emigrants. Apparently there are offices of the PoE’s in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Trivandrum, Cochin, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Rae Bareilly. In Mumbai the office is based out of Santacruz.

These Protector of Emigrants are officers under the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Act regulating the registration and licensing of overseas recruitment agents is the Emigration Act, 1983. Chapter III of the Act covers registration of recruitment agents whereas Chapter IV covers permits for overseas recruitment by employers i.e. where the employers themselves recruit for overseas positions without going through an Agent. 

Section 10 of the Act – No person can function as a recruitment agent without a valid certificate;

Section 11- application for registration. The applicant is required to deposit a bank guarantee of Rs.20 lakhs to take care of the eventuality when the employee recruited by the agent is required to be repatriated back to India for any reason.

Section 12 – Terms and conditions of Registration – certificate valid for 5 years

Section 13 – Renewal of Registration

Section 14 – Cancellation/ Suspension of Registration – there are 7 reasons on which a certificate can be cancelled.

Section 16 – Recruitment by employers to be through recruiting agent or under permit

Section 17 – Procedure for obtaining permits

Section 18 – Period of validity of permit – valid for one year at a time

Section 20 – Cancellation or Suspension of Permits – same reasons as section 14 applies.

The Emigration Rules, 1983 gives the procedural effect to the provisions of the Act regarding registration of Agents/ employers. 

From an observation of the website of the MOIA, it seems that the application for registration of licences/ permits are to be made on the basis of submission of physical documents. There is no procedure yet for making an online application, which is the dire need of the hour in respect of each and every government service for obvious reasons. 

 

 

 

 

 

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