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GoM headed by Sushil Modi to look into GSTN portal hiccups

The meeting will monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced in the GST implementation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sushil Modi
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi

Deputy Chief Minister will head a five-member grouping of state ministers to look into technical challenges being faced by the GST registration and tax filing portal.

The GST Council, the highest decision-making body of the new (GST) regime, had on Saturday decided to form a five-member panel to look into the technical glitches facing GST-Network (GSTN).

The GSTN, the (IT) backbone and portal for real-time taxpayer registration, migration, and under the GST, had faced downtime when the first deadline for filing of returns approached, forcing the government to extend the last date.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Modi will "monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced in the implementation of GST," an official statement said.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac is also a member of the group.

The other members are Amar Agarwal, Minister for Commercial Taxes, Chhattisgarh; Krishna Byregowda, Minister for Agriculture, Karnataka; and Etela Rajendar, Finance Minister, Telangana.

"The GoM will be assisted in its work by the Chairman, Network (GSTN) and the Chief Executive Officer, GSTN," it said.

Also, a Committee on Exports has been constituted under Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia to look at the issues of the export sector and to recommend to the suitable strategy for helping the export sector in the post-GST scenario.

This Committee consists of the Chairperson, CBEC; Member (Customs), CBEC; Director General, DGFT; Additional Secretary, GST Council; Director General, DG Export Promotion from the Central Government and Commissioners of Commercial Taxes from the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 00:50 IST