The cabinet secretary urged every secretary to take up the responsibility of addressing GST-related issues of their respective stakeholders, trade and industry. He asked them to coordinate with state government officials to ensure smooth implementation of the tax measure. Sinha also asked all departments to ensure that there is no shortage of products and commodities especially consumer items in order to keep the prices under check.
The cabinet secretary also urged officials to ensure that retailers, dealers and shopkeepers display the post-GST prices of different items being sold by them. He said each department and ministry should make sure that benefits of GST are passed on to consumers which would help keep inflation under control. Sinha asked all departments to ensure that various machines used by dealers and retailers for computerised billing are calibrated at the earliest to reflect the GST rates. He said this exercise should be completed in a time- bound manner without delay.
It was also decided that a weekly review meeting will be held to keep a close watch on the situation. The cabinet secretary also told the officials to launch campaign to make consumers fully aware about issues linked to GST.
The Centre also appealed to the people not to circulate wrong messages on social media as no distinction is made in the GST law on any provision based on religion.
Source: The Times of India (New Delhi edition)