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    Published On : Tue, Feb 20th, 2018

    E-way bill rules are impractical : Dipen Agrawal

    Dipen Agrawal
    Nagpur: The Executive Committee of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) deliberated on provisions of National E-Way Bill and noted that the provisions as they stand today are anti trade and industry. In its present form e-way bill will only create complications and hamper movement of goods and will give rise to inspector raj and corruption. The software does not capture an important provision of ‘Bill to’ and ‘Ship to’ transactions which were incorporated under erstwhile Excise and VAT regime to reduce transportation time and cost. Likewise every trade has its own requirement, government has to study the same and take holistic view on system design before reintroducing e-way bill again.

    Shri Mohan Gurnani said, the e-way bill system/software is not user friendly for rural traders because in rural areas there is paucity of required basic infrastructure for generating e-way bills i.e. electricity and internet. Though government has provided for generation of e-way bill through SMS and Mobile App, but the notified process is tedious, cumbersomeand impracticable.

    Shri Dipen Agrawal said, e-way bill is not applicable in any other country where GST is implemented. The persons at the helm of governance have a mindset that “sab vyapari choorhai”. Traders are gratuitous agent of government collecting tax on their behalf, thus to achieve the goal of ease of doing business it is the need of the day that government should come out of this mindset and direct it’s polices and compliance under GST to bring ease of doing business/living for the last man at the bottom of pyramid.

    He also said that it is in habit of administration to first create mess by brushing aside difficulties reported and practical suggestions given and thereafter under the garb of trader friendly government make necessary changes. In initial days of GST government claimed that, it is wrong to say traders are required to file three monthly returns under GST. Now media reports suggest that GST Council is meeting in March willreduce three monthly returns to single monthly return. Similarly today government is not accepting that, e-way bill rules are impractical, but we are confident they will regret implementing the same in future.

    The executive committee concluded its meeting requestingGST Council and Finance Minister to keep e-way bill rules in abeyance permanently and in alternate they suggested that government should undertake An in-depth study of all markets and incorporate all transactions undertaken by business community in their day-to-day working.

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