All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers has demanded two GST commissionerates for Indore unit which has jurisdiction over entire western Madhya Pradesh stretching from Guna, Gwalior district in north to Burhanpur, Barwani district in south.
This demand of Association’s Indore unit comes at a time when the department of customs, central excise and service tax is re-deploying its staff in view of GST (Goods and Service Tax) system which will come into force from next year. Association has demanded four GST commissionerates including two for Indore unit alone keeping in view the workload assessment, geographical necessities, prospective revenue and expected taxpayer base.
Association Indore unit president L L Singhvi said Centre has announced to set up two GST commissionerates in whole of Madhya Pradesh while Kerela and Punjab which are smaller in size will have three GST commissionerates each. Rajasthan which is slightly larger than MP will have five GST commissionerates.
In a memorandum submitted to department’s chief commissioner in Bhopal, Association office bearers insisted on deploying more staff in Indore unit as it has 45,000 (55%) out of MP’s total 78,293 GST assesses while it will contribute two third of total state’s GST revenue once new tax structure comes into force. “The GST revenue from MP is expected to touch Rs 30,000 crore in 2017-2018,” Singhvi said. As per department guidelines, one GST commissionerate is proposed for every 15,000 to 20,000 assessees and area generating revenue of Rs 5,000 crore.
Stating that having more GST commissionerates will not put additional burden of exchequer, Association stated that petroleum products will also be under excise control. MP’s petroleum refinery in Bina, its seven inland container depots and an air cargo are also under department’s jurisdictions and therefore it needs more staff.