Notifications (June 2021)

FROM OCTOBER 1ST, FOOD BUSINESSES MUST INCLUDE THEIR LICENSE NUMBER ON THEIR BILLS.

With effect from October 1, 2021, India’s food safety regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has made it mandatory for food business operators in the country, primarily micro, small, and medium-sized businesses, to include their FSSAI license or registration number on receipts, invoices, or bills on sale of products.

The FSSAI number is now required to be put on packaged food labels, however, the difficulty arises particularly in the case of enterprises such as restaurants, mithai shops, caterers, and even retail stores, according to the regulator’s rule. Consumers would be able to access information about a specific food business via the FSSAI’s web or the Food Safety Connect app.

Fundamentally, the FSSAI is concerned with hygiene and attempting to ensure that outlets have a licence, as currently, anyone can easily open a restaurant. Customers, on the other hand, need to know whether or not suitable protocols are being followed. As a result, the FSSAI is attempting to formulate that. Because the majority of restaurants in India are unorganized, smaller operators are being asked to follow proper regulations.

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THE FINANCE MINISTRY CONFIRMS THAT DEARNESS ALLOWANCE WILL BE PAID PROSPECTIVELY TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

The Central government employees who are looking forward to a raise in their dearness allowance, which will improve their pay starting July 1. The dearness allowance (DA) is likely to be given to central government employees prospectively beginning July 1, 2021, rather than retrospectively with arrears.

However, the finance ministry has stated that cost indexation will most likely take effect on June 30 and that the amount will be approximately 28%. The government also said that indexation will play a significant role, as DA increases cannot be implemented retroactively. Employees in the federal government currently receive a DA of 17%. 

This will take effect in July 2019, with another change scheduled in January 2020. However, due to the coronavirus epidemic, additional increases in DA have been postponed. The three payments of dearness allowance due on January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021 for Central government employees were frozen owing to the coronavirus outbreak. 

In light of the pandemic, the Finance Ministry said on April 23, 2020, that Central government employees will not get the additional DA and Dearness Relief (DR) installments due between July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021. Meanwhile, central government employees are expecting an 11 percent DA increase this year, bringing the current rate of 17 percent to 28 percent and benefiting over 1.1 million central government employees. 

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