GST rollout: Cabinet Secy takes stock of impact on consumers

The new regime taxes various goods and services at 5 12 18 and 28 per cent while keeping essential commodities out

The new regime taxes various goods and services at 5 12 18 and 28 per cent while keeping essential commodities out

Officials said that as part of their outreach programme, the Central Board of Excise and Customs and State tax officials have also been creating awareness about GST.

Meanwhile, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Mizoram, and Tripura are in the process of dismantling their toll booths.

Among the states that have removed the checkposts are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

With roll out of GST India will become a single market where goods and services can flow seamlessly and with the abolition of check posts, the long queues at state borders will be avoided.

The rollout of the GST across the country has been smooth with the abolition of check posts adding to the efforts to ensure that the changeover to the new tax regime is hassle-free and least disruptive for businesses and consumers.

A session of the assembly of J&K, which is yet to enact the law+ for the implementation of GST, has been convened on Tuesday to consider approving the legislation.

Standalone, some utility bills will be more expensive in the GST regime as broadband, mobile, piped gas, LPG cylinders etc. attract more tax under the new structure.

Adhia informed the media that the CMC formed by the Cabinet Secretary includes the Secretaries of 15 departments of the government which have been instructed to attend to the issues faced by their individual client groups on account of the Goods and Services Tax that came into effect pan-India from July 1.

The landmark tax reform of GST effectively removes the individual taxes levied by states and departments, consolidating the entire taxation system under one umbrella tax. He asked the secretaries to get more detailed feedback and in-depth details of the field from their respective stakeholders.

The Centre has also underlined the need to keep monitoring the prices of all essential commodities so that they were not inflated.

He also asked them to make their GST Cell and Nodal Officers fully-equipped to deal with any situation that may arise.

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