Pune: Fatehchand Ranka, President of Federation of All Trade Association of Pune, has appealed to the government to assure the security of information collected by the government while giving an E-way bill (EWB). Ranka was speaking at an event to celebrate the one-year completion of Goods and Services Tax (GST) organised by the Central GST and Central Excise Department at Ashley House near Pune station. Ranka said, “As all confidential information is shared by the trader with the government, any leakage at the government’s end will lead to problems. We have to provide the vehicle number, driver details, consignment details, which is all confidential for a trader dealing in gems and ornaments industry and other industries too. So the government should keep the information safe, as, if there is any leakage, the consignment vehicle drivers could be targetted,” added Ranka.
Speaking on GST, Ranka said that the tax system has indeed brought ‘discipline’ in the industry. “We need to treat GST like a year-old baby and government should work on the implementation of GST in an unorganised sector, which will generate more revenue,” added Ranka.
Speaking on current problems with GST, Ranka said that the online platform for filing GST is quite slow and needs to be upgraded. He also pointed out that a trader has to file IT returns, GST returns and other returns on different platforms and so he suggested that all these should be brought under one platform. “Similarly, late fees on GST filing should also be reduced. In rural areas, we see that there is a problem of load shedding and people do not have access to the Internet and so these problems should be looked upon.” As GST is implemented in all the sectors, budget of a common man is disturbed and so the government should do a detailed research before bringing in such policies. While making policies, the government should take traders and retailers in the loop before coming up with such policies, added Ranka.
Speaking at the occasion, MVS Choudhary, Commissioner of Customs, said that people have shown trust in GST, which has led to its successful implementation.
To spread the message about the plastic ban, jute bags were distributed at the event. In all, 24 officials from Central (18) and State (6) GST were felicitated with commendation certificates for their special role in GST implementation.