The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appealed to the State government to defer the implementation date for e-way bill from February 1 to May 1 as there has been no announcement or awareness to the assessees about the new arrangement.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Chamber senior president S. Rethinavelu and president N. Jagatheesan said that the GST council had decided to introduce mandatory generation of e-way bill from the common portal www.ewaybill.nic.in to accompany invoice for inter-state movement of goods worth ₹50,000 and above.

Though the States have been given the discretion to introduce it any time before June 2018, without any announcement or through media, the State government had notified through a G.O. that it would implement the e-way bill from February 1.

At a time, when the assessees had no clue about such e-way bill, its implementation may jeopardise the system, Mr. Rethinavelu said, and added that the State government should defer it by about three months.

In the meantime, training programmes and awareness camps could be held to the traders. For generation of e-way bill, every assessee had to register in the portal, get user ID and password.

The vehicle number of the transport operator had to be entered and thus any lapse in following the procedure may stall movement of goods from one end to other.

Adequate training should be given to traders, manufacturers, transporters and other stakeholders, the Chamber felt and urged the government to defer the date as done by the Maharashtra government.

Once the users are familiar with the procedure, the transportation of goods through e-way bill would be a smooth affair.

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/traders-appeal/article22597245.ece

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