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Sushil Modi pitches for error-free e-way bill

Will help authorities track inter-state, intra-state movements of goods that are part of consignments of Rs 50,000 or more

Dilasha Seth  |  New Delhi 

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Ahead of the countrywide roll-out of the to plug revenue leakages in the regime, Deputy Chief Minister has flagged the need for an efficient troubleshooting mechanism to avoid disruptions, which industry apprehends.

Industry has argued the bill will lead to significant documentation and logistic challenges.

In a letter to Hasmukh Adhia, Modi has pitched for a glitch-free roll-out with a round-the-clock troubleshooting mechanism so that the movements of goods are not disrupted. Besides, he has recommended appointing a nodal officer to address hurdles in the functioning.

The revenue slowdown prompted the to call an urgent meeting on December 16 and advance the roll-out of the bill on inter-state movements of goods on February 1 and for intra-state carriage on June 1.

“We must take every care to ensure that the stakeholder-system interface is relatively glitch free and that the system is relatively glitch-free and the new system avoids causing disruptions that was evident on the rollout of GST, particularly filing of returns,” Modi said in the letter.

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bills will help the central and state authorities track inter-state and intra-state movements of goods that are part of consignments of Rs 50,000 or more. A commissioner or an officer empowered by him or her will be authorised to intercept any conveyance to verify the bill or the number in physical form for all supplies.

The bill system is being developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), while the other IT matters related to the GST are being managed by the GST Network (GSTN), a private body.

An advance of Rs 400 million has been given to the NIC to implement the bill mechanism.

Modi pointed out that “since the bill is being developed by NIC while all other applications are being implemented by GSTN, national bill will require efficient trouble shooting mechanism”. Besides, a round-the-clock centralised help desk must be set up before the system is rolled out.

It would be more important than resolving issues related to return filing or registration because problems related to verifying or generating bills could “disrupt movement of goods”, he added.

Modi also recommended a standard operating procedure to deal with various situations that might arise.

of India said the bill could lead to supply chain bottlenecks if not properly implemented.

First Published: Tue, January 02 2018. 01:18 IST