GST rollout: Govt sets up ‘war room’ to address queries, ensure smooth implementation

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna said the team will act as a quick resource centre for central and state officials to voice their queries. The unit, which will be available from 8 am to 10 pm, will deal with any GST-related crises that arise.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2017 6:45 pm
GST, GST roll out, GST war room, Arun Jaitley The new tax reform comes into force on the intervening night of June 30 and July 1.

Ahead of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) roll-out on July 1, the Finance Ministry has set up a “mini war room”, equipped with several phone lines, computers and tech-savvy youth to ensure its smooth implementation, reported news wire PTI on Tuesday. Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna said the team will act as a quick resource centre for central and state officials to voice their queries.

“The finance ministry has set up a GST feedback and action room specifically for government officials to approach it with any urgent queries related to problems of GST in any area,” Sarna was quoted as saying by PTI. The unit, which will be available from 8 am to 10 pm, will act as a single-window to deal with any GST-related crises that arise.

The new tax reform comes into force on the intervening night of June 30 and July 1. The government will launch it in a ceremony at 11 pm from the Central Hall of Parliament in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and other members of Parliament. Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda have been invited to attend the event. The state GST Bill was passed by all State Assemblies except Jammu and Kashmir, signalling support to the ‘historic’ reform. Read: What’s the hurry, even PM Modi opposed it for years, says Sitaram Yechury. Click here.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday appealed to the Congress to refrain from indulging in politics over the launch of GST, adding that all decisions will be taken unanimously by the GST Council — which has representation from all states. “GST Council is the first federal institution where every decision was taken by consensus. No decision was taken on the basis of UPA Vs NDA, or on the basis of politics. All decisions were taken keeping in mind the benefits to the country and traders,” Jaitley was quoted as saying by PTI. Read more here.

However, the Congress has not committed to attend the launch. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had on Monday said the Congress was considering attending the launch. “The Congress party is examining various aspects of the issue, including the manner the GST is being implemented causing harassment to the common people, the unorganised sector and small businessmen,” Surjewala said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Syed Asif
    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:55 am
    Its a monopoly of destroy small business and all Income should go to big players like Adani, Ambani who can full their pockets and bribe to governments... As small traders only give gifts to their children, govt is not happy by that... Long Live Stupid people who Voted for BHA A
    1. A
      Jun 28, 2017 at 12:00 am
      For heaven's sake and for its own survival the congress party should attend in full force at this historic moment. After all it was the idea of the congress party but unfortunately it could not take all on-board because their ministers and henchmen/women were either busy in corrupt deals or pleasing the heirs of the Nehru dynasty Credit goes to the Congress for the idea but one must congratulate the BUT IN GETTING APPROVED BY ALL STATES EXCEPT J K
      1. A
        Jun 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm
        Only BJP is allowed to play politics, so Jaitley's appeal to other parties to not play politics is quite apt! Jaitley's comment"all GST decisions taken so as to benefit traders and states" is quite telling.Please note poor public's interest is not important!!GST also allows govt to raise taxes in a opaque manner,because we are not able to compare the old tax with the new one!So it's easy for govt to quietly raise the service tax from15 to 18 under GST.That means all your phone charges prepaid and postpaid will attract this higher tax.I guess these are the Ache Din! Lic premiums will cost more!I suppose govt did apply their mind when they were finalising rates! Or were they just interested in raising a higher tax through GST.Application of GST is going to be chaotic especially with govt refusing to listen to people's problems.Lofty claims of this govt responding to people's problems are belied by the govts continued refusal to delay GST.Govt unable or unwilling to assess problems.
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          Employ Ment
          Jun 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm
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            Jun 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm
            Congress harassed nation for 65years.Nehru created JK China, poverty, smuggling, tax evasion, loots, scams, caste religions conglomerate, wasting 80000 crores on policing. It gave 100s of reports, no actions. MMS, Sonia PC, Dig vij, CPI planned by negligence terror to cover loots. Aadhar was a failure in UPA, now NDA control tool for efficiency. GST under UPA would be a scam. India is 165th nation for GST. USA will follow us. NEHRU prevented India UN Security seat.
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              Jun 28, 2017 at 12:18 am
              Aadhar was obstructed by Modi for 9 years,because he said it was against the poor .Surprise,he becomes PM and suddenly GST is a miracle solution and pro poor! Economist has declared GST to be a nightmare prepared by bureaucracy.Economist is renowned financial publication!
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              Prahalad Katti
              Jun 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm
              The prices of medicines related to control hypertension and type 2 sugar will be increased or not?
              1. I
                Jun 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm
                If GST was such a BRILLIANT IDEA, all GST TAXES should have been fixed below the existing TAX RATE. ................................ Evidently, BJP is messing GST for AAM INDIANS. The TAXING of CHEMICAL FERTILISERS which has direct impact on FARMERS is an apt example of ABSOLUTE FAILURE of understanding the sentiments of most INDIANS.
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                  Jun 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm
                  True Indian... without knowledge oppose what ever happening around us. Good or bad.. Leadership decides.. let us follow. If we are not happy with leadership, Change them next time
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                    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm
                    Be specific. ................ Imposing higher GST on CHEMICAL FERTILISERS while FARMERS are COMMITTING SUICIDE is absolute JOKE.
                  2. A
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:23 am
                    Govt needs the money.This is one quiet way of increasing taxes on goods.Who is going to check thousands of items to see whether tax has been increased or not.Just so as you are clear about whether govt gives a hoot about you,be informed that all phone recharges,bills will attract 18 tax instead of 15 surance premiums will also attract higher18 tax instead of 15 .Ache Din have finally arrived!!
                  3. S
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm
                    GSTvis another torture for businesses. What sin our business people of India, they have to suffer too much from our own Govt.. Govt. wants TDS, GST 12 18 and 28 . Is the present Govt. normal or avricious in exporting money under various heads though this Govt. Is not helping businesses but culling them. In few months time many businesses will be wiped out due to wrong policies of the present Govt. Already businesses are half dead. With the implementation of GST the last nail to the coffin is nailed!!! God bless the BJP Govt.
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