Pune: Members of The Poona Merchants Chamber (TPMC) have demanded modifications in the e-way bill as they claim that certain clauses are difficult to follow. The members have sought government attention in the matter to ease the norms. The e-way bill is a document required to be carried by a person carrying any consignment of goods of value exceeding Rs 50,000 as mandated by the government in terms of section 68 of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Act read with Rule 138 of the rules framed thereunder.
TPMC President Popatlal Ostwal said that currently if the consignment’s total value is over Rs 50,000, one is supposed to carry an e-way bill.
“The limit of Rs 50,000 needs to be increased to Rs 1 lakh,” added Ostwal.
The TPMC members said e-way bill is also necessary for movement of consignments above distance of 50 km. “This limit should be raised to 100 km. As in cases when a trader is moving goods from his godown to another shop and the distance is 51 km, he is expected to generate an e-way bill which is again problematic,” added Ostwal.
TPMC members said if their demands are not met, they will resort to other means to press for their demands. The members said the validity period of the bill needs changes as transporters have to cover the journey in a specific time, which is not always possible. TPMC member Pravin Chorbele said that for each invoice, one bill has to be generated, irrespective of number of consignors or consignees. “Multiple invoices cannot be clubbed to generate one bill. In cases when multiple consignments are carried in one vehicle, there is need to generate a bill for each invoice, which is time-consuming,” added Chorbele.
Ostwal said in case the bill expires, the goods are stuck which causes losses to traders.