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Centre asks State govt to ensure requisite IT infra for GST rolling




 Even as unanimity over rolling out Goods and Services Tax (GST) from April 1 is delayed, not taking chances the Union Government has urged the State Government to ensure requisite Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure for the State Accounting Authority in a time bound manner.

Union Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has asked the State Government to prepare the IT infrastructure of the State Accounts Authority -- an important stakeholder of GST-- which Government of India intends to roll out from next Fiscal.

As the country has decided to go for GST, there will be Goods & Service Tax Network (GSTN) in which Reserve Bank of India, Banks, Central and State Accounting Authorities will be connected for successful roll out of GST, said Adhia.

RBI, Banks and GSTN will be providing daily information to the State Accounting Authority and accordingly a road map has been chalked out with a rigid time frame, said sources.

After receiving the information, the State Authorities will be preparing the Accounts accordingly. Hence laying out the IT Infrastructure is crucial, underscored Adhia.

Under this backdrop, the State Government is needed to get ready with IT Infrastructure as discussed in the recent meeting with Principal Chief Controller of Accounts, CBEC and GSTN.

Accordingly, testing of software is needed in a time bound manner for preparation of integration Protocols between various stakeholders, he pointed out.

Continuous information interchange between all the stakeholders will be held from January 15, revealed sources.

Adhia has also discussed with GSTN, RBI, CBEC and Bankers in this regard and is in touch with the State Governments, added the sources.

Detailed guidelines and requisite Infrastructure support is being provided by the Union Government, so the State Government without taking much time is needed to establish the facilities in a timely manner, said Adhia.

Sources said the Finance Department has taken up the matter seriously and Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandey is in touch with the officials both at the Centre and State.

While Odisha Government is supporting the rolling out of GST, it has urged the Union Government to look into several critical issues before rolling out GST, said sources.

On September 1 last year, Odisha became the sixteenth State to clear the GST Amendment Bills before it headed for the assent of the President of India.

However, with the States and the Centre in a deadlock over the important provisions of IGST bill now, Finance Ministers of many States say the April 1 deadline for GST rollout is likely to be missed.






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