Charging the excise and taxation department with belying the assurances made to the business community, the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) has sought clarifications from the department regarding e-trip. In a missive to Anurag Verma, excise and taxation commissioner, Chandigarh, PPBM president Amrit Lal Jain has sought clarifications on E-trip.
"The PPBM wants clarification on whether transactions within the city are covered by E-trip regardless of assurance by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that intra-city transactions shall not be covered," said Jain.
He added that the traders also wanted to know whether goods not being transported by the transporter and being carried by push carts or rickshaws, where the value of goods is more than Rs. 50,000, shall be covered by E-trip and whether it is applicable to goods being sent for job work or repair or goods being carried on challan and saleable subject to approval; whether maximum time limit for delivery of goods shall apply to intra-state transactions?
According to Jain, traders sought answers to whether it was reasonable to apply maximum time limit in case a local van carrying the goods of a dealer has to undergo repair and takes more than six hours to reach the destination or in intra-city movement, where a truck moving overnight from Ludhiana to Amritsar is late in reaching its destination and delivering goods to customers.
"Apprehensions also prevail about mistakes made by transporters in data entry. If a transporter makes any mistake in entering data in E-trip or does not enter data, will the dealer still be penalised? Further, the department instead of playing ping pong should earnestly check whether the transporter can actually deliver the goods within maximum time limits provided by department," he said.
Jain maintained that it is practically not possible to comply with such directions by transporters as they have to wait till goods, enough for being carried through one trip, are gathered. "The truck ferrying these goods may have to undergo repairs on the way. Moreover, till the last moment, the transporter does not know which vehicle and driver shall carry the goods. Confirmation of a driver is a must before giving his name in E-trip. Further due to any unforeseen event, the driver may not be able to accompany the goods," he maintained.
The PPBM has also sought remedies for the dealers in case the website of the department collapses as it recently happened during last days of filing of returns for quarter ending June 2013, for which the department extended the due date to August 6.