Panel sets time­lines for fix­ing GSTN glitches

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY -

A large chunk of is­sues be­ing faced by tax­pay­ers would be re­solved by the end of Oc­to­ber. In­fosys will ap­point tech­ni­cal teams in all states un­der a nodal of­fi­cer to sort out prob­lems dog­ging the GST net­work

TIMES New Delhi: The panel of min­is­ters set up to re­view the func­tion­ing of the IT net­work for the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) has set time­lines for fix­ing the is­sues af­fect­ing the GSTN (Goods & Ser­vices Tax Net­work).

The panel led by Bi­har’s fi­nance min­is­ter Sushil Modi, which met in Ben­galuru on Satur­day, de­cided to set time­lines for fix­ing 20-25 is­sues that have been iden­ti­fied as im­pact­ing the smooth func­tion­ing of the IT net­work. A large chunk of is­sues be­ing faced by tax­pay­ers would be re­solved by the end of Oc­to­ber.

In­fosys will ap­point tech­ni­cal teams in all states un­der a nodal of­fi­cer to sort out prob­lems dog­ging the net­work. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the IT ma­jor were present in the meet­ing along with rev­enue sec­re­tary Has­mukh Ad­hia, GSTN in­terim chair­man Ajay Bhu­san Pandey and GSTN CEO Prakash Ku­mar. The panel will meet ev­ery 15 days to re­view the progress in re­solv­ing the is­sues im­pact­ing GSTN.

While the govern­ment has said that glitches en­coun­tered by tax­pay­ers were due to over­load on the sys­tem, busi­nesses have com­plained about the fre­quent break­down in the IT net­work. At the 21st meet­ing of the GST Coun­cil in Hy­der­abad last week, state fi­nance min­is­ters com­plained about the dif­fi­cul­ties aris­ing out of the fre­quent break­downs. It was de­cided to set up the panel of state min­is­ters to re­solve the is­sues af­fect­ing the IT net­work.

“There are al­ways ini­tial hicupps and is­sues, but there haven’t been large-scale fail­ures,” Ad­hia was quoted as say­ing when asked about the prob­lems be­ing faced by users of the net­work.

Sushil Modi urged busi­nesses to file their re­turns and not wait for the last day. Of­fi­cials say the sys­tem was fac­ing over­load due to last minute surge in fil­ings. While the net­work has coped well ini­tially while reg­is­ter­ing tax­pay­ers, it had come un­der pres­sure dur­ing fil­ing of re­turns prompt­ing the govern­ment to ex­tend the dead­line.

The Union govern­ment holds 24.5% eq­uity in GSTN and all states in­clud­ing NCT of Delhi and Puducherry, and the em­pow­ered com­mit­tee of state fi­nance min­is­ters (EC), to­gether hold another 24.5%. The bal­ance 51% eq­uity is with non-govern­ment fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions. The com­pany has been set up to pro­vide IT in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices to the Cen­tre, states, tax pay­ers and other stake­hold­ers for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST.

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