Published On : Mon, May 28th, 2018

Do away with e-way bill for intra-district movement of goods, demands NVCC

Nagpur: The Nag Vidabha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), a premier trade association and apex body of traders from Vidarbha region, has made representation to Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar highlighting the inconsistency in intra-state e-way bill rules in State as compared to neighboring States and appealed to do away with the requirement of generating E-way Bill for movement of goods within same district (intra-district).

Hemant Gandhi, President NVCC said that GST, the biggest reform in indirect tax post independence, was introduced to harmonize and bring structural change in the then prevailing indirect tax system in the country. It has been portrayed that post GST, India will be “One Nation, One Market”, “One Country, One Tax” and there will be “Uniformity in Tax Laws, procedures across Center and States”. Whereas different rules notified for generating E-way Bill for intra-state movement of goods by neighboring States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar defeats these goals and is brewing discontent among business community in Maharashtra.

He also said that as per notifications issued by respective governments no e-way bill is required to be generated for intra-district movement of goods in Madhya Pradesh and no e-way bill is required to be generated for intra-city movement of goods in Gujarat. In Bihar no e-way bill is required to be generated for intra-state movement of goods valuing up to Rs. 2,00,000/-. He further added, when LBT was introduced in 2013 many big traders shifted their business establishments to neighboring State Chattishgarh and such disparity in procedure laws under GST will further lead to migration of business from Maharashtra to other States.

Sanjay K Agrawal, Secretary NVCC said, in Maharashtra e-way bill is required even for movement of goods to next door shop. This will increase the burden and cost of compliance for traders and can also open floodgates for corruption and harassment to persons at the bottom of pyramid.

Copy of memorandum has also been sent to Rajiv Jalota, Commissioner of State Tax, and P. K. Agrawal, Joint Commissioner of State Tax, Nagpur Division for urgent intervention.