E-way bill implementation from April?
Starting April 01, 2018 the interstate goods movement for worth more than Rs.50,000 will have to follow the e-way bill mechanism. After the assessment of the response for inter-state goods movement across few weeks, the e-way bill will be introduced in phases across four to five states every week. Post the implementation of GST regime in July last year, the mandate of carrying the e-way bill could not take off amidst non readiness of IT network. As many as 15 states mandated the e-way bill when the implementation date was set for February 01, 2018. However the system crashed due to technical glitches and the billing procedure could not take off.
Sushil Kumar Modi, heading a panel of ministers formed to oversee GST system implementation, has affirmed that three rounds of load testing will happen at NIC (responsible for maintenance of the system) before the system takes off. With as many as 25-50 lakh e-way bills expected to be registered per day, and for the number to rise as much as 75 lakh, the simplification of GST return is necessary. With various issues like allowance of provisional credit and linking of credit with tax payment, GST council has already dumped the earlier system of quarterly filing of GST returns. Work is on to arrive at newer models.