NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley has constituted a Group of Ministers to resolve IT issues faced in the implementation of the goods and services tax and a Committee on Exports to identify steps to the support the export sector.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) has been constituted under the convenorship of Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, in order to monitor and resolve IT challenges faced in the implementation of the new direct tax regime.
Most state finance ministers had raised issues concerning IT systems and difficulties faced by traders in filing returns. The government has twice extended the deadline for filing of GST returns.
Members of the Group of Ministers are Amar Agarwal, Chhattisgarh’s commercial taxes minister, Krishna Byregowda, Karnataka’s agriculture minister, TM Thomas Isaac, Kerala finance minister and Etela Rajendar, Telangana finance minister.
The group will be assisted in its work by chairman and chief executive officer of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). The Committee on Exports has been set up under the convenorship of the revenue Secretary to look at the issues of the export sector and recommend to GST Council suitable strategies for helping the sector, an official statement said on Tuesday.
This committee consists of CBEC chairperson and member (customs), DGFT director general, GST Council’s additional secretary, director general of Export Promotion from the Central government and commissioners of commercial taxes from the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, UP and West Bengal.