Centre working to make e-way bill take off in 2-3 months

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 08-02-2018        Tweet

The Government wants to wait until it is fully satisfied with the IT system before announcing the date

NEW DELHI: The e-way bill under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a mechanism to avert tax evasion on inter-State movement of goods, is likely to be re-notified in two to three months once the technical glitches are addressed.

Further, to ensure that IT problems do not hold up the system in future, the Government is looking at an alternative option that can be used by businesses if they are unable to generate the e-way bill, which is an online ticket for movement of goods over Rs. 50,000 for distances over 10 km.

“A final date for making the e-way bill mandatory will be notified once the problems are sorted out and further tests are carried out,” said an official.

“The GST Council will also review the progress,” the official added.

The Finance Ministry, the GST Network and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) are understood to be discussing various options.

The NIC is also working to address the technical glitches on the e-way bill portal.

“There is a thinking that there should also be an alternative option so that if there are problems in generating the e-way bill, businesses are not impacted and can easily use another option,” said an official.

Sources said that this time the Government wants to wait until it is fully satisfied with the IT system before announcing the date.