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States should follow Odisha's move to abolish check gates for GST: Adhia

Says trucks spend a third of their idle time at border check posts waiting for clearance

Nirmalya Behera  |  Bhubaneswar 

Hasmukh Adhia
Hasmukh Adhia

Odisha's model to abolish inter-state should be replicated by other states for smooth implementation of (Goods and Services Tax), said Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary at the Union Finance Ministry.

"I would like to compliment the state of for having taken a very courageous step by removing all kind of state borders from April 1. It requires a reformist mind to do it. I am sure all the states will take a cue from Odisha, which has abolished all checkposts," said Adhia. He was speaking at a town hall meeting organised by Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax, Bhubaneswar jointly with the commercial tax organisation of the government.

He pointed out that trucks carrying goods from one part of the country to the other spent about 35 per cent of their idle time at the border check post waiting for the documents to be cleared.

The government had established as many as 22 under Sales Tax Act, 1947. This apart, the were functioning under Value Added Tax Act, 2004, with a view to prevent or check avoidance or evasion of tax. All the gates were abolished from April 1.

With the removal of inter-state barriers logistics will become more efficient, he said, adding that efficiency in the logistic sector will also improve efficiency in the manufacture of goods.

On problems faced by dealers migrating to GST, Adhia said there will be marked improvement from Friday, as some of the issues have been sorted out.

He said that can be benefit from implementation and cited examples of coal, iron, steel and aluminum and cement.


First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 20:12 IST