States Remove Checkposts After GST Rolls Out
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-05

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The rollout of the Goods & Services Tax across the country has been smooth with 22 states and UTs, including West Bengal and Delhi, abolishing checkposts, adding to the efforts to ensure that the changeover to the new tax regime is hassle-free and least disruptive for busi- nesses and consumers.

Eight states are on the verge of scrapping the checkposts, which is expected to ensure smooth flow of goods across the country. The removal of checkposts will come as a huge relief for trucks which queue up for hours to get their consignments and West Bengal and Delhi, abolished checkposts.

A session of the assembly of J&K;, which is yet to enact the law for the implementation of GST, has been convened on Tuesday to consider approving the legislation.

Sources in the finance ministry said that there has been no inflationary impact of the new tax regime: an assertion which was significantly endorsed by the CPM-led government in Kerala. The LDF government issued a statement in Thiruvananthapuram saying prices of more than 100 products have been brought down under GST. State finance minister T M Thomas Isaac came out with the list of products to counter widespread complaints that there was no positive impact of GST in the state.

Keen to ensure that the momentum is maintained, authorities are also keeping a close watch to ensure that any roadblock is removed swiftly. Cabinet secretary P K Sinha reviewed the postGST implementation situa- tion with the secretaries and senior officials of different ministries and departments.

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