The finance ministry has sought a report from GSTN, the IT-backbone provider for GST, on glitches in the system that derailed the anti-tax evasion electronic way bill system on the very first day of launch.
It wants GST-Network to detail system readiness before re-introducing the requirement for transporters to carry an electronic waybill or e-way bill for moving goods between states.
The e-way bill provision of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced on 1st February, 2018 but its implementation put on hold after system developed glitches in generating permits.
Adhia said there is no going back on e-way bill, which is a tool for preventing tax evasion, and it will be re- introduced in “next few weeks” after the system is fully ready.
Under GST, e-way bill is an electronic way bill required for movement of goods more than Rs 50,000 in value and can be generated on the GSTN.
By deferring the implementation of the e-way requirement the government has shown to the industry that it is willing to accommodate their demands so that they do not suffer.
The e-way bill portal was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and its implementation is being looked after by GSTN — the company which developed the IT backbone for the new indirect tax regime.
“But, unfortunately when the load became too much some of the server started responding slowly and we didn’t want traders to suffer because of our technological glitches, so we said we will give few more days to the system to improve and this time we will make sure that there is no further glitch,” Aadhia added.
Source: Economics times