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GST will be rolled out on July 1, asserts Jaitley

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Union Minister on Sunday said the Goods and Services (GST) will be rolled from July 1, amid concerns raised by industries citing unpreparedness to comply with the provisions of the new indirect regime.

He said the next meeting of the Council will be held on June 30 to redress some outstanding issues.

Addressing the media here, Jailtey said, "We don't have luxury of time to defer implementation of The Council decided categorically it will be implemented from July 1 onwards."

He said the official launch of the will take place from midnight of June 30 at a function in New Delhi, which is being expected to be celebrated at a grand scale.

Jailtey said the Council, during its 17th meet, discussed about the IT preparedness at length and added that 65.6 lakh have taken provisional registration under the new regime.

The Minister's statements came a day after asked the to postpone the implementation of GST, citing that the IT network was not ready.

D.S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, applauded government's effort to implement at the earliest, but said there are various issues which still need to be looked at before can be implemented successfully.

"Going by the statements of CEO, Goods and Services Network (GSTN), the GSTN will not be fully operational on the 1st of July, 2017. This being the status of preparedness of the GSTN, the taxpayers would find it very difficult to comply with requirements from July 1, 2017... We believe that industry deserves some more time and assistance to get prepared for implementation," said

The GSTN, a not for profit Company incorporated on March 28, 2013, is tasked to provide IT infrastructure and services to the Central and State Governments, payers and other stakeholders for implementation of the

Rawat said that during the current phase of migration for existing assessees, the server was constantly under maintenance.

There are at present about 80 lakh excise, service and VAT assessees, of which 64.35 lakh have already migrated to the portal of Network.

However, is not the first to raise questions about the GSTN's readiness for the rollout.

On June 3, West Bengal Minister Amit Mitra also said the rollout of the can be delayed by a few days as the preparedness of the GSTN is unsatisfactory.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 19:00 IST