The proposed e-way bill for moving goods within the country would rely heavily on technology, employing RFID chips and QR codes, to ensure that monitoring of goods movement does not bring back inspector raj and slow down goods traffic on highways, officials said.
After the launch of the goods and services tax (GST) on July 1, the movement of commercial goods had got speeded up as states abolished entry check posts.
Under the new tax regime, a document called e-way bill, or electronic way bill, is required to transport any good worth more than Rs 50,000. The e-way bill is proposed as a permit of sorts in electronic format, which will have details of the goods carried on a vehicle. The industry has been apprehensive that such a document will revive inspector raj, undermining the gains achieved by the abolition of check posts.
“Effort is to have high technology interface,” said a government official, adding that it would ensure that all data regarding an e-way bill is captured on it. Having it embedded on RFID chip or a QR code will help in checking these in a non-intrusive manner without holding up a vehicle. “These would be checked with hand-held devices or RFID chip readers,” the official said.
A group of officers from state and union finance ministry will work on the tech and design of e-way bill, the person said. According to the proposed framework, GST Network will generate e-way bills that will remain valid for one to 15 days, depending on the transport distance. One-day permit will be for a distance up to 100 km while a 15-day permit will allow more than 1,000 km transit, as per the proposed law. A tax officer can intercept any conveyance to verify the e-way bill or the physical goods for all inter-state and intra-state movement of goods.
Rules governing the e-way bill have not yet been approved by the GST Council and are expected to be taken up when it meets next month on August 5.
Express Industry Council of India (EICI), which represents small and large express delivery service companies engaged in domestic and international door to door transport services of parcels and documents, had expressed concerns about it, saying it could prove a logistical challenge.
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