Govt to train officials in GST basics


PATNA : The state commercial taxes department is creating a pool of trainers who would train the officials concerned on the fundamental aspects of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) expected to come into force from April 1 next year.

The pool of trainers would be a mixed set of officials and to consist of 31 trained officials of the state commercial taxes department as well as the central excise, central service tax and customs departments. Of them, one would be the source trainer, 10 master trainers, and 20 trainers. They, in turn, would create another pool of trainers. “These trainers would train the officials concerned of the state commercial taxes department, as well as to officials of the central excise, central service tax, and customs departments working in the state,” said minister for commercial taxes Bijendra Prasad Yadav.

There are 360 officials in the state commercial taxes department who would require training in GST matters. The training of the first batch has been held and that of the second batch would be conducted on October 3. “The pool of trainers is mixed. It consists of officials of the state commercial taxes department and the three central tax collecting wings,” the minister said.

Yadav is handling Bihar’s demands and concerns at the GST Council whose first meeting was held in Delhi on September 22. The second GST Council meeting is scheduled for September 30. He said the officials would be informed about the issues related to the “broader policy framework and fundamental aspects of the GST” and also as to the details of the binding law (GST Amendment Act). The September 30 meet of the GST Council would decide the rules of GST whose draft rules have already been put into public domain to invite suggestions, the minister said.

The September 22 meeting decided that the Centre would collect taxes from traders/firms which have annual turnover above Rs1.5 crore, while the state would collect taxes from traders/firms whose turnover is up to Rs1.5 crore.
Besides, the GST Council exempted from registration the traders/firms having annual turnover of Rs20 lakh. Yadav said as per the 2015-16 fiscal, the state has 3.22 lakh registered traders.
Of them, 8,466 traders/firms have annual turnover in the range of Rs10 lakh to Rs20 lakh bracket, sources said, adding that they might not get exemption from registration, as the other criteria of the GST would entail them to remain registered.
“Framing of the GST rules is urgently required, as the officials need to be trained even in the GST rules,” Yadav said.

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