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Trade association rep meet GST Commissioner to discuss the problems related to e-way bill

Discussion between businessmen and GST Council officials to be held next week to resolve the problems of businessmen

Mumbai, 08th June 2018: A delegation led by Nikunj Turakhia, General Secretary of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) and President of Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI) has recently met Rajiv Jalota, state GST commissioner to discuss the hurdles faced by them in the smooth implementation of the e-way Bill.

The trade associations highlighted the lack of privacy in the “bill to ship to transaction” which created problems for the mediator thus making the e-way bill complex. Mr. Jalota assured them that the department will look into the issue.

On the issues of godown transfer where movement of goods does not take place, the trade association requested that this be views as valid under GST. The Commissioner termed this move as a valid transaction subject to fulfilment of certain conditions as given under GST Rules.

Nikunj Turakhia, President of SUFI said, “We are grateful to Mr. Jalota for setting aside out time for us at such a short notice. He patiently listened to our issues and promised to resolve them on a priority basis.”

Hemant Parekh called attention to the numerous parties who have failed to pay GST and fled. He stressed that unless the concerned department fails to take immediate action and bring these defaulters to book, it will create a huge problem for the genuine buyers.

Taking cognizance of the issue Mr. Jalota termed the matter as “grave” and assured that the GST council will look into the matter and resolve the issues sooner.

“CAMIT appreciates and acknowledges the tremendous contribution of Mr. Jalota in successfully implementing GST in the state and his proactive approach in resolving issues. However, the trade sector is facing various issues with regards to the E-Way bill. Through this meet, we wanted to highlight these issues and are satisfied with the assurance provided by Mr. Jalota” said Mohan Gurnani, Chairman of CAMIT.

Also brought to notice was avoidance of transporters from filing form B thus creating problems for buyers and sellers.

Mr. Jalota additionally proposed to have another detailed meeting next week so that the department will try to resolve as many issues as possible and also present them to the GST Council at the earliest.

A suggestion was also made by Mr. Jalota to hold Q&A sessions at association level which will be attended by GST officers to resolve problems faced by trade.

CAMIT Team plans to organize the session within a week.

Other members of the delegation included Hemant Parekh, former President of Bombay Metal Exchange; Mitesh Mody, President, All India Electronics Association; Mitesh Prajapati, Secretary, CAMIT, and General Secretary SUFI; CA Manish Agrawal, Synthesis Group and empaneled member SUFI.

Additionally, CAMIT and SUFI congratulated Mr. Jalota for bagging the Prime Minister’s Award for implementing the GST effectively.

Further SUFI is coming out with a booklet on e-way bill which is in continuation of the book ‘GST-Decoded For Steel’.

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