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Now, a ‘war room’ in finance ministry to answer GST questions 14 hours a day

The government says GST is the biggest transformation of the taxation system and brings in transparency and economic integration.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 18:45 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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A man holds a poster with an anti-GST message printed on it during a sit-in by traders protesting the soon-to-be-implemented tax regime, in Surat. (PTI)

Equipped with multiple phone lines and computer systems, a “mini war room” manned by tech-savvy youngsters has been set up in the finance ministry to deal with crises related to the implementation of GST.

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna told PTI on Tuesday that the unit will act as a quick resource centre for central and state government officials to address their queries on the historic tax reform scheduled to be implemented from July 1.

“The finance ministry has set up a GST feedback and action room specifically for government officials to approach it with any urgent queries related to problems of GST in any area,” she said.

Sarna said the action room, which will function from 8 am to 10 pm, will provide prompt response to queries.

A team of tech-savvy young officers will be manning the “war room” to assist officials in resolving their GST-related queries, sources said.

The room, equipped with computers and phone lines, will act as a single-window for anything and everything related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), they said.

The GST will bring the Indian economy under a single tax bracket. It is said to be extremely beneficial to consumers, as it will bring down the price of goods and curb inflation.

It is also said to reduce the delays in tax payments and ensure more stringent checks on the same.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 19:36 IST