In a historic move, the Lok Sabha passed the four (supplementary) GST Bills on Wednesday and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia came before the media to give his views. He started by expressing his happiness on the passing of the four laws related to GST by the Lok Sabha and lauded the efforts of all concerned and highlighted the fact that it was not made in a short period, that hard work of 10 years has gone into its making as it was discussed, designed and various concept papers were prepared to get it into its final shape. He said, “The earlier GST Council that was an empowered committee that had 14 meeting and GST council had 12 meetings. 30 working groups of officer who worked on making of the rules in the past as well. Total of 175 meeting were held of the officers in the period of 10 years.”
Revenue Secretary further said that the bill is a ‘nice’ piece of legislation which the government believes is relatively free from any kind of defect only because a lot of mind has gone into formulating it. He said, “Both state and central government officers have worked on it and that why it has become a very successful piece of legislation.” He also hoped that there will be no flaws during the implementation of the law as the law itself has been corrected and recorrected so many times.
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Adhia also congratulated and expressed his gratitude towards all those concerned with the GST Bill who put their effort in making of the bill. “If we calculate the total number of GST man hours that have been spent the effort – about 18000 man hours of GST Council, members as well as officers have gone into framing of this law in the last 6 months itself. So it’s a huge effort made by all the members of the council, committee and officers,” he said and added, “My compliments and gratitude to all those who have gone from the history, right from the first thought for the country till today whosoever has worked for GST.”
Hasmukh Adhia said that in at least 3 months before the implementation of the law, complete information and clarity about the law and rules would be made. “Information would be put up on the public domains and will be made available to everybody. So there will be clear 3 months to make it available to anybody to make their changes in the ERP system or whatever,” he said.