PM Narendra Modi to States: Set up teams to boost GST registrations
PM told states that the teams should go out and guide traders who have to register under the GST regime. He said the exercise should be completed in 15-20 days.
According to officials, the PM told states that the teams should go out and guide traders who have to register under the GST regime. He said the exercise should be completed in 15-20 days.
The meeting took place a day after the government released a statement saying 13.8 lakh taxpayers out of a total of 72.33 lakh are yet to complete procedural formalities to migrate to GST Network (GSTN). The statement said 58.53 lakh taxpayers have already migrated to GSTN. “The number of new taxpayers who have registered with the GSTN up to 29 August is 18.83 lakh,” it said.
In a PRAGATI meeting on July 12, Modi asked state chief secretaries to implement GST registration by August 15. He had also directed Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to monitor the process.
At the August 30 meeting, the PM praised the “team of government of India and states/UTs” for the “good work” in the implementation of GST, officials said. The PM, however, urged states to use more technology for smoother functioning and implementation of GST, which was rolled out on July 1.
PM reviews government e-marketplace
Modi also reviewed his other pet project — Government e-Marketplace (GeM) — at the PRAGATI meeting and asked states to “make active use” of the e-commerce portal for procurement and submit a report to the cabinet secretary by September 20 on the status of adopting the platform.
Officials said PM asked his principal secretary Nripendra Mishra and the cabinet secretary to review the progress of GeM. GeM enables the government to buy goods and services at competitive prices and Modi impressed upon the states that this will ensure transparency.
Last month, Modi had met chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states and asked them to adopt the GeM to cut down on corruption in procurement.
Nine states have so far agreed to adopt GeM. These are Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur and UP. Over 20,000 sellers are registered on the portal selling over 50,000 products such as laptops, ACs, furniture and daily use items Central and states procure Rs 5-7 lakh crore worth of goods and services each year.