In yet another major reform for the country and how trade is carried out, the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to oversee the implementation of the Good and Services Tax (GST) has recommended implementation of e-way bill for inter-state movement of goods from April 1 this year.
A final decision in this regard would be taken by GST Council.
The GST council is all set to meet on March 10 of this year.
Speaking on the issue, Sushil Kumar Modi, finance minister of Bihar and GoM convenor, said that based on the initial experience of the system, the
government can decide to allow the implementation of e-way bill
in phased manner within two-three weeks.
It is not clear though how the states would be selected for implementation of intra-state e-way bill.
Earlier, 15 states had implemented intra-state e-way bill along with mandatory inter-state e-way bill that was brought in force from February 1.
Technical glitches in the e-way bill portal developed and maintained by NIC was cited the reason for the deferment decision.
Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that NIC has done two rounds of load testing of the system. Another round of testing would be done in two days.
The GoM expects 25-50 lakh e-way bills to be generated every day, and that may even go up to 75 lakh per day.