1. GST Network needs more time to get ready? Floats tender to test its system

GST Network needs more time to get ready? Floats tender to test its system

Finance minister Arun Jaitley may have given users a grace period for filing their GST returns as they were not fully ready, but it appears the GST Network itself needs some more time to get ready.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 23, 2017 5:56 AM
Arun Jaitley, GST returns, GST Network Finance minister Arun Jaitley may have given users a grace period for filing their GST returns as they were not fully ready, but it appears the GST Network itself needs some more time to get ready. (Reuters)

Finance minister Arun Jaitley may have given users a grace period for filing their GST returns as they were not fully ready, but it appears the GST Network itself needs some more time to get ready. GSTN floated a tender last week — June 15 — for ‘hiring of agency for user acceptance testing’, reports Sumit Jha in New Delhi. The pre-bid meeting for the tender was on June 21, the last date for submitting technical and financial bids is July 7, and the technical bid will be opened on the same day. No date has been given for opening the financial bid. The testing period is from August 2017 to July 2018, and is to test the system on 15 parameters in real time. These include assessment & adjudication, recovery, refund and data warehousing & predictive analyses. GSTN is expected to receive 300 crore invoices a month. While such testing is a necessary part of any system, the fact that it is being done so late is worrying.

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Last month, as FE reported earlier, GSTN had written to GST Suvidha providers saying that 40% had not even begun sending test APIs. One of the reasons for the delay is in the fact that the GST Council has delayed finalising parameters for the returns — fairly large changes were made on June 3, for instance. Also, final APIs have not been released — at the CII townhall meeting with revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia, one of the requests made was for early release. The GST-R1, the API for the sales register, is to be released on June 29.

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    Pankaj Namdharani
    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    It is very good that govt is also using a process like private corporates to get third party independent audit to bring out bugs, issues and improvement areas for better user experience .... it is a law passed by parliament by 100 consensus and it is not Modi's personal ambition... so for all those anti Modi brigade .... you are and will remain in illusion and while all other join the new india train, you can continue to remain in your orthodox self diminishing talks ....
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      Harvinder Maini
      Jun 23, 2017 at 10:27 am
      It is a very big FLOP SHOW of FANKU JUMLA Government
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        govindakrishna
        Jun 23, 2017 at 9:34 am
        See sir return u have to submit from august 15. Technically 45days are left. Ifprocess is verified from July 15 to month end . Still 15 days to update system and govt is giving relaxation on returns for 2 months I guess. As why creating mess like these things....
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          Subhash Chander
          Jun 23, 2017 at 8:36 am
          Sir, To a layman like me GST means "Guru Sahara Tera".
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