E-Way Bill System to check pilferage of revenue

SHILLONG, Mar 21: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday told the House that once E-Way Bill System is introduced in the state, pilferage of taxes will be completed checked.

Replying during the Question Hour, Conrad while admitting that there is pilferage of revenue said, “E-way bill system will tighten it (revenue leakage).”

Earlier, Congress legislator from Salmanpara, Winnerson D Sangma expressed concern over the delay in implementing the E-Way Bill Ssytem.

“With the introduction of Good and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, last year check gates in the state had to close down. Who is responsible now for manually checking the challans,” Sangma asked.

The Chief Minister while pointing out that the E-Way Bill System is integral to the GST said, “Due to different challenges it could not be put in place but will be done so by April 1, this year.”

Conrad also said that the GST was a complicated exercise and the E-Way Bill System should have been put in place even as he added that in the absence of check gates there has been no tight system to check all goods since human interference took place.

The Chief Minister also informed the House that the government has earmarked funds for the Taxation Department for “mobile checking system”.

Earlier, Conrad informed the House that in preparation for the launch of the E-Way Bill System, 108 employees of the Taxation Department have been trained.

“All officer of the Taxation Department from the level of Inspector of Taxes and above have been trained and also awareness programmes through workshops have been organised in the State for stakeholders,” Conrad said.