Jharkhand is set to launch e-way bills from February 1 as a part of anti-evasive measures discussed during the GST council meeting in New Delhi on Thursday in the backdrop of falling revenues, but traders across cities maintain that unless rules are simplified and payment modes streamlined compliance would not improve.
President of the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) Ranjeet Garodia said the government’s intentions did not seem to match its action on the ground.
Citing an example, he spoke of an agency in Ranchi that had registered with GSTN during its rollout. “But Akash Agency’s registration number hasn’t got generated. Hence, it isn’t able to file GST returns. Yet, it can’t shut down its business, right? What should we do?’ he said, adding that he was aware of several such instances across Jharkhand.
Former president Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and state general secretary of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Suresh Sonthalia felt the government’s measures would encourage evasion.
“The purpose behind GST, which we welcomed last year, was total transparency in traders’ dealings. There would have been no need for evasion if the process was simple and there was no network congestion,” Sonthalia said, adding that generation of e-way bill would further complicate the process.