The much talked about e-way bill was to be implemented from February 1. However, the plan was deferred in wake of technical glitches on Thursday. This comes as a big setback to the government considering the fact it was conducting trial runs for the e-way bill since January 17. Confident about the results that trial run produced, the government pre-poned implementation of interstate e-way bill to February 1 from April 1. “In view of difficulties faced by the trade in generating e-way bill due to initial technological glitches, it has been decided to extend the trial phase for generation of e-way bill, both for inter and intra state movement of goods. It will be applicable from a date to be notified,” the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) tweeted. This comes as a huge surprise since the government was highly confident about the same before its implementation. The trial runs for the e-way bill system started from January 17 and during the period 2.84 lakh such permits were issued by the company developing the IT infrastructure on the portal.
It was on December 16 that GST council decided to implement the e-way bill mechanism for intra-state movement of goods from June 1 and from February 1. E-way bill is an electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated on the GSTN (common portal). The movement of goods of more than Rs 50,000 in value cannot be made by a registered person without using the e-way bill.
In addition, the e-way bill can also be generated or cancelled through SMS. When an e-way bill gets generated, a unique e-way bill number (EBN) is allocated and is available to the supplier, recipient, and the transporter. Any transporters, who want to generate e-way bill, can visit the ‘ewaybill.nic.in’ portal and register themselves by giving the GSTIN. And the transporters, who are not registered under GST, can enrol themselves under e-way bill system by providing their PAN or Aadhaar to generate the e-way bill. E-way bill will bring uniformity across the states for seamless inter-state movement of goods.