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Now Task Force to implement GST in Haryana

Chandigarh:Haryana government has decided to constitute a Task Force for the successful implementation of all aspects of Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar while addressing the participants at the GST Summit-Haryana organised by Excise and Taxation Department at Panchkula on Friday.

The Task Force will include traders, industrialists, advocates, Chartered Accountants, Information Technology experts and Government Officers. The task force will deal with grievances, if any, concerning implementation of GST. Anyone could contact the Task Force for the similar purpose. The Government will certainly implement GST within the stipulated period without any hurdle, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the idea to roll out GST in the country was conceived about nine years ago. A committee was also constituted to introduce GST under the chairmanship of Finance Minister of West Bengal. At that time, he said that there were different views about introduction of the GST. After such a long period, the present Central government opined that when 160 countries in the world have adopted GST, why should India lag behind. He also thanked the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and added that it was Mr Modi’s visionary leadership as per which all parties spoke in one voice to support passage of GST Bill.

He said that 16 states had ratified the Constitution amendment Bill on GST. He hoped that remaining other states would also ratify the same for the implementation of GST, which is a biggest tax reform in the country. He said that Haryana is the first state that had organized such kind of GST Summit in the country. The GST is being implemented to create uniform market for seamless movement of goods and services with one tax rate in the country. This would also help in checking tax evasion, improve business environment and curb corruption.

Speaking on the occasion, Excise and Taxation Minster Capt. Abhimanyu described introduction of GST as the most significant and far reaching step in the field of indirect tax reforms in the country. He said that GST was being introduced to provide a level playing field for all the stakeholders that is trade, industry and consumers and removal of fiscal barriers in the form of multiple taxes. It will boost overall investment climate and economic activities and would benefit everyone.

While describing the implementation of GST as a big test for the Government and Excise and Taxation Department, Capt. Abhimanyu said that the training for smooth implementation of GST has already been started in  Haryana on GST law, regulations and procedure. “I understands the capability of the department, the capable officers and staff can do and they will definitely achieve this”, he added.

 Industries and Commerce Minister Mr Vipul Goel said that GST law would prove a lifeline for industry. It would also prove a milestone for success of various initiatives of Central Government to make the country a global manufacturing hub.

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