The Group of Ministers (GoM), led by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, on Saturday said Infosys would introduce newer features to make the GST Network more user-friendly. The five-member GoM was constituted to resolve the various technology issues of GSTN. Addressing mediapersons on Saturday following its fourth meeting with Infosys, Modi said as part of a review meeting, they had decided to introduce editing facility in the filing of the GSTR 3B summary filing. This is expected to be operationalised in the next three-four days. The lack of editing facility has affected about two lakh taxpayers, who were not able to file their summary returns.
Modi said the GSTN will also introduce new types of management information systems, which will enable the tax officials to analyse the data. “Features such as editing, preview, downloading and print will be introduced to make it more user-friendly,” he added. This time, Modi did not provide any timeline for Infosys to resolve the various issues, saying it was an ongoing process. “Infosys is doing good work. We are satisfied,” Modi said.
The GoM also held a meeting with Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani later in the day to discuss the various issues of GSTN. On the revenue receipts from GST, October saw a collection of Rs 95,131 crore, against Rs 93,141 crore in September, as per Modi.
The average revenue shortfall of all states was down to 17.6 per cent in October, against 28.4 per cent in August. The shortfall in August 2017 was Rs 12,208 crore, as compared to Rs 7,560 crore in October. He said the combined tax revenue of both states and the Centre for FY17 stood at Rs 8.8 lakh crore and the current collection in the range of over Rs 90,000 crore should help meet the 14 per cent growth rate in collections.