Com­mer­cial tax dept to come up with tech to plug eva­sion

CHECK­ING IR­REG­U­LAR­I­TIES Plan to in­tro­duce ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) tech

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - Bra­jen­dra K Parashar bkparashar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: The Ut­tar Pradesh com­mer­cial tax depart­ment, re­spon­si­ble for the levy and col­lec­tion of GST, is work­ing on a project to fully au­to­mate record­ing and re­port­ing mech­a­nism to check tax eva­sion by ve­hi­cles.

It is a com­mon prac­tice that com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles en­ter UP for tran­sit but de­liver goods in the state thereby evad­ing tax.

The depart­ment is plan­ning to in­tro­duce ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) tech­nol­ogy in au­to­mated toll sys­tems as well as in­ven­tory man­age­ment.

“We have de­cided to in­tro­duce ul­tra high fre­quency (UHF) RFID tags for all com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing UP. Ev­ery com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle en­ter­ing the state will have to ap­ply for tran­sit per­mit as per the ex­ist­ing sys­tem to re­ceive a RAFID tag as­signed to its num­ber,” com­mer­cial tax com­mis­sioner Mukesh Ku­mar Meshram told the HT.

He said work was on in full swing and the project would be rolled out by the year-end.

Un­der the pro­posed sys­tem, all the en­try/exit points within the state will be equipped with UHF RFID read­ers to iden­tify ve­hi­cles and tran­sit the data of en­try/exit in real-time to cen­tralised RFID server at the com­mand cen­tre head­quar­ters.

“All the en­try and exit points will have poles erected on both the sides of the roads with RFID read­ers in­stalled on it. Each reader will be equipped with data net­work. The data read from the UHF RFID tags will be com­mu­ni­cated to the cen­tralised RFID server,” said ad­di­tional com­mer­cial tax com­mis­sioner An­janey Ku­mar Singh.

He said tax evaders were ex­ploit­ing the ex­ist­ing sys­tem and de­clared the goods to be tran­sited from the state of UP but de­liv­ered within the state re­sult­ing in loss of rev­enue to the govern­ment.

“The pro­posed sys­tem,” he claimed, “will put an ef­fec­tive check on the prac­tice. The sys­tem will be later in­te­grated with toll plazas as well.”

The sys­tem of man­ual en­try/ exit check-posts on the bor­ders of UP was elim­i­nated around 12 years ago dur­ing the Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav govern­ment to pro­mote fair trade and check cor­rup­tion.

The depart­ment started a new tran­sit sys­tem with the pro­vi­sions of ap­ply­ing for web­based on­line tran­sit in ad­vance and us­ing SMS-based text mes­sages to no­tify their en­try/exit from the state.

The traders ex­ploited this sys­tem to their ad­van­tage since it de­pended on them if they want to use the ser­vice.

Meshram said the pro­posed sys­tem would go a long way in avoid­ing ha­rass­ment of in­no­cent traders in the name of check­ing.

“The RFID-based sys­tem will have no man­ual in­ter­face at all,” he said.

We have de­cided to in­tro­duce ul­tra high fre­quency (UHF) RFID tags for all com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing UP. Ev­ery com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle en­ter­ing the state will have to ap­ply for tran­sit per­mit as per the ex­ist­ing sys­tem to re­ceive a RAFID tag as­signed to its num­ber MUKESH KU­MAR MESHRAM, com­mer­cial tax com­mis­sioner

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