Government sets up 'war room' for GST queries
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 28-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 28: The finance ministry has set up a mini war room equipped with multiple phone lines and computer systems and manned by tech-savvy youngsters. The setup will help deal with crises related to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. The action room will assure prompt response to queries raised by States and Central government officials.

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna said that the unit will act as a quick resource centre for central and state government officials to address their queries on the historic tax reform scheduled to be implemented from July 1.

"The finance ministry has set up a GST feedback and action room specifically for government officials to approach it with any urgent queries related to problems of GST in any area," she said.

Sarna said the action room, which will function from 8 am to 10 pm, will provide prompt response to queries raised by states and central government officials. A team of tech-savvy young officers will be manning the war room to assist officials in resolving their GST-related queries.

GST, the single tax regime, roll out from July 1, will benefit consumers and attract private investment also replace multiple state and central taxes to create one national market. This bill seeks to subsume all central indirect levies like excise duty, countervailing duty and service tax and also state taxes such as value added tax, entry tax and luxury tax, to create a single, pan-India market.

Notably, Services like religious pilgrimage, healthcare, education, skill development and journalistic activities will remain tax-free under the GST regime. Crude oil, petrol, diesel, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and natural gas are also being kept out of GST net.