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J-K: Drabu sets mid-August deadline for traders to switch to

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Minister Haseeb Drabu today set mid-August as the operational target for traders in the state to migrate to the as he directed the administration successfully implement the new regime.

"The biggest deterrent in the implementation of was the apprehension within the business community about erosion of the state's fiscal autonomy which has been taken care of," he said during a meeting here.

"Now, the functionaries at district level must take traders, businessmen, small scale industries and consumers on board for smooth transition from VAT to and they should achieve these targets by mid-August," he added.

Drabu set the immediate operational target to achieve cent percent registration of businesses under and directed the district administrations to work towards successful implementation of the new regime in the state which will be beneficial for the consumers.

"All stakeholders should register for the which is not just a number but business identification number that will strengthen the trade and establish them within their respective sectors, market places and consumers," he said.

The minister asked the district administrations to organise regular awareness camps, orientation programmes and identify major points of concern prevailing in their areas and address them.

Besides, major concerns can be brought into the notice of secretary or chief secretary for further deliberations, he said.

Drabu said the state is in a phase of transition from the Value Added (VAT) to the which would take six to eight months to stabilise.

Responding to concerns of traders regarding lack of technically-proficient people in the districts, he said the is based on a self assessment model under which only five percent of total businesses can be audited.

He said one of the biggest apprehensions regarding is that a person needs to file three returns in a month but a trader only needs to file one return in a month with other two being auto generated by the system.

The minister said the state has proposed use of 'khidmat' (help) centres as updating centres to supplement local traders and simplify the transition to the new regime.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 21:58 IST