Pune: Traders and businessmen from the city have sought more registration desks on account of time wasted while waiting during registration for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) number. They said registration for GST has become a tedious and time-consuming process, which is causing them inconvenience.
Traders raised the issue with Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal during his visit to the city on Saturday.
Speaking on the matter, CREDAI member Krishnakumar Goyal said, “There is a huge crowd at the registration counters, due to which we are forced to wait in long queues to get registered. We have been unable to get registered in a single day and have to make visits to the GST office for two to three days. Online registrations are happening, but many people want to register offline leading to large queues. Manpower needs to be increased at registration counters.”
According to Goyal, the government should have been prepared to manage a large number of people coming for registrations offline.
Adding to this, Poona Merchant’s Chamber President Pravin Chorbele said, “The number of desks is less and a manpower crunch is also observed leading to delays in the registration process. There is extra workload due to the ongoing registrations and the government should provide more registration desks to ensure a smooth transition to the GST regime.”
Chorbele said preparedness for the GST is also lacking. “The updated versions of software such as Tally are not easily available in the market. Their cost also differs leading to confusion among traders. This is causing further delays in the GST compliance,” he said.
Additional Commissioner, Central GST (CGST), Pune region, Surendrakumar Mankoskar, said, “The number of registration desks was increased from 15 to 30 in the Pune region just a fortnight ago.”
However, officials from the department also hinted that the number of registration desks may not be increased.
Rajlaxmi Kadam from the department stated that 90 per cent of the assesses under VAT and excise have registered for GST already. “The rest of the applications are in processing and provisional GST numbers have been given to them.”