Mumbai, July 2: Maharashtra government’s erstwhile Sales Tax headquarters 'Vikrikar Bhavan' was renamed as ‘GST Bhavan’ today, as the new tax regime rolled out the previous night.
The ceremony at the Bhavan was attended by Maharashtra's Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and State Minister Deepak Kesarkar. The Bhavan is located in south Mumbai's Mazgaon area.
Senior IAS officer Rajiv Jalota, a State GST commissioner informed about the department's plan that they have planned a helpline to assist traders and business community who faces difficulties related to GST implementation and modalities.
Addressing the event, Maharashtra's Finance Minister stated: “GST also means 'Garibon Ki Seva Karnewala Tax', a tax which helps the poor”. He asserted that there are some doubts in minds of traders over GST and added: "It is our duty as employees of this department, to resolve their queries”.
Mungantiwar also stressed that the GST department should not trouble traders.
Recalling that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had equated transition to GST regime to a person getting new spectacles and getting used to wearing them in a few days, Finance Minister said, "The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had offered me the Revenue portfolio but I declined, saying I would like to concentrate on Dhan (finance) and Van (forests)”.
At the end, he informed that the 'GST Bhavan' will be shifted to Wadala from Mazgaon in next two years and adding the point he said that the work should start by October this year.