GST Council may finalise e-way rules, fix anomalies tomorrow

New Delhi: The GST Council should lower the tax rate on Saturday in the works that are woven garments by 5 percent and set up a mechanism for online registration of property to a certain value before they can Be transported.

The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also take into account at its meeting the implementation of the new tax regime on goods and services (GST) from 1 July and will finalize a mechanism to implement anti-production Provisions To protect the interests of consumers.

The president of the Central Board of Special Taxes and Customs (CBEC), Vanaja Sarna, said that the movement of goods between states were disinfected with 25 of the 29 States that abolish checkpoints.

“About 25 states have abolished these checkpoints, so far, it has gone well,” he told PTI here.

This would strengthen the schedule after the electronic invoice in the GST, which would require the execution of all assets of more than Rs 50,000 in value before they can be registered online before being transferred.

“As the e-invoicing process for India is eliminated, we should be able to do something that will be better,” Sarna said.

However, it declined to comment on whether the electronic invoicing threshold would remain at Rs.50,000 or more in multi-quarter requests to lift it.

Officials said the rules for electronic billing will be decided on Saturday. This provision of the GST requires that any product of more than 50,000 rupees in value be pre-registered online before it can be moved.

According to the preliminary provision, GSTN generate electronic invoices that will be valid for 1 to 20 days, depending on the distance – one day for 100 km, 3 days (100 to less than 300 km), 5 days (300- minus 500 km) and 10 days (500-less than 1000 km).

The information technology platform for the electronic billing system is being developed by the National Computer Center.

Earlier this week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it would be mandatory for manufacturers to pass the benefits of the tax reduction after the GST to consumers.

“What if the tax benefits of the inputs are not passed on to consumers? … We meet in a few days from now.

In a short time we will finalize the whole mechanism with regard to the fight against speculation, “he told parliament.

The Council should also take into account the lowest tax rates for garment manufacturing work at 5 percent to 18 percent, a senior official said.

At present, services related to textile yarns – other than synthetic or filamentary fibers – and fabrics attract 5% GST. Other clothing work attracts an 18 percent load.

The official said the council could consider rationing and bring all the work, including cloth clothing, under the slab of 5 percent.

In addition to the review of the GST implementation, the 19th Session of the Council, on Saturday examined the rationalization of the anomalies raised by the industry in a month, said an official, who would not be designated.

This will be the first full meeting of the GST Council, including representatives of the 29 states, following the implementation of the new indirect tax reform on July 1.

Maharashtra reports 855 farmer suicides in Apr-Jan this year: Govt informs Parliament

New Delhi: Maharashtra has reported 855 cases of farmers’ suicides during the period from January to April this year compared to 1,023 cases in the same period of the year, Parliament was reported on Friday.

“The response to the unfortunate suicide case of farmers is to improve their well-being,” said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh at the Rajya Sabha.

To this end, the central government has adopted a strategy to improve farmers’ incomes by making agriculture more sustainable and generating benefits for farmers on a sustainable basis, he said in a written response.

As a result, the government is re-aligning its operations to move from the production platform focused on the production-centric platform, he added.

In response to an independent inquiry into the number of suicides among farmers in Maharashtra, Junior Agriculture Minister Parshottam Rupala said the state has reported 855 suicides between January and April 2017, compared with 1023 cases of suicides. During the same period of the year.

To address the issue of farmers’ suicides, the Union Health Ministry has called on all states, including Maharashtra, to prepare a detailed action plan, he told the upper house.

States were invited to analyze the districts where the suicide cases come from farmers and to inform the Ministry, he said.

Highlighting measures taken by the Maharashtra government to prevent farmers from committing suicide, Rupala said the state is carrying out a pilot project in the districts of Yavatmal and Amravati and Osmandabad of the Aurangabad division.

Funds were released to the order of Rs 34.19 million in 2015-16 and Rs 12.50 in 2016-17 to these districts for the execution of the ‘Baliraja Chetana Abhiyan’. The farmer’s lawyer is run by a program of the state’s public health department, he added.

Recently, the state announced a loan exemption scheme for farmers. In addition, the central government also supports a mental health program in the country’s 444 districts under the National Mental Health Program.

The district’s mental health program has been modified to provide suicide prevention, workplace stress management, life skills training and counseling, among others, the minister said. The research activity.

RE-IMAGINING INDIA

Digital India is one of the most exciting initiatives taken up in recent times. It has the potential to usher in a truly participatory democracy by pro­viding access to information for all and ensuring accountability and transparency in governance. Financial inclusion, health care, education, skill training and em­ployment will all be greatly facilitated. Not all of this is new. In fact, substantial parts of Digital India were initi­ated in the past years. However, they did not get the at­tention and thrust that they deserved. One example is the very ambitious project of providing broadband connec­tivity to 250,000 village panchayats. Initiated many years ago as the National Optical Fibre Network, its progress has been dismal in relation to the planned (undoubtedly optimistic) timelines. While some of the delays may have been unavoidable, the biggest problem was managerial, worsened by poor technical design. Today, I-ways are the new highways, capable of carrying information, and much more, to every home. The broadband network is, therefore, the key infrastructure underpinning the dream of Digital India, and one hopes that the proposals of the committee that reworked the original plan are not only accepted, but executed with energy.

E-governance is another vital component. Aimed at “providing government services at your doorstep” thro­ugh digital means, this effort has sort of ambled along over the last decade. Lack of enthusiasm within some government departments and inadequate coordination among them slowed the pace, while poor connectivity and dependence on computers further stymied its pro­gress. Yet, this is one area in which there can be immedi­ate and visible benefits to the common man. The new incarnation has to now transform—in today’s scenario— in “providing services at your finger tips” (on a mobile handset) and must be executed with a sense of urgency.

Broadband connectivity can enable the delivery of education and health services to all—even in remote areas— at high quality and affordable prices.

But this requires content that is in local languages and of local relevance.

Similarly, agriculture can greatly ben­efit from first-rate and online extension services, weather information, advice, and crop and input prices. This will also correct the unequal relationship between small farmers and the mid­dle-men who buy their produce.

Livelihood and skill training, in con­junction with entrepreneurship and digital marketing, can transform the rural economy through rural produc­tion for all-India (even global) markets, while creating rural employment.

Dreams of rural IT outsourcing centres

 

may well become a reality.

What is now different is the synergy that is possible through various initiatives. The JAM triad is one exam­ple: a combination of financial inclusion (through the Jan Dhan Yojana), Aadhaar and the mobile opens up vast possibilities for a host of applications ranging from direct benefit transfer (payment of subsidies or pensions/schol- arships directly into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts) to money transfer. Similarly, there is a synergy between the proposed broadband network and the skills mission, with the former being the means for taking skills training to millions. With the scale of the Digital India effort, there is obviously going to be a huge market for digital hardware, and this goes with the Make in India mission.

All these possibilities will, however, remain mere pos­sibilities if critical steps are not taken. The first and fore­most is a mechanism to get the various arms of government to work in unison and with a sense of urgency. Realistically, this cannot happen unless there is a strong leadership and the ability to enforce decisions. In the Indian context, this means the involvement of the prime minister. A mis­sion council, chaired by the PM, which meets once a quar­ter is essential. In the past, such a body was ineffective, but with a PM who is very committed to driving this for­ward, one can hope that it can provide the leadership and push that is essential. Similarly, there is a need for a body to involve and coordinate with the states. This could well be chaired by the communications and IT minister, on the model of the Central Advisory Board of Education.

Indian industry has great capability in this field. A contractor relationship between it and the government will not be able to fully tap into the rich talent and man­agerial capacity of the private sector. Since public-private partnership is no longer a fashionable model, new terms of engagement will have to be crafted. As part of tapping into talent, it is essential to bring in some outside talent (professionals). There are generally serious integration issues with this and such people are effective only when they are independent, eminent in their field and, most importantly, per­ceived to have backing from the top. Aadhaar is a good example of utilising outside talent and integrating it within the government to deliver successfully.

One hopes that the potential of Digital India is not lost due to poor planning and feeble execution. The possible benefits demand that the government looks at new and innovative mechanisms to achieve the very ambitious targets.

Kiran Kamik is chairman, CI1 National Committee for Digital India Mission, and former president, NASSCOM

The possible benefits of Digital India demand that the government looks at innovative mechanisms to achieve the targets.