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GSTN to make Aadhaar authentication mandatory for new dealers from January 2020

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Network has decided to make Aadhaar authentication or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January 2020 so as to check malpractices in GST. Aadhaar authentication was earlier optional.

The announcement in this regard was made by Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the Group of Ministers of GST Network.

Key Highlights

This decision was taken after noticing in last two years that there are a good number of fly-by-night operators, who make fake invoices.

For those who do not want Aadhaar authentication, physical verification will be carried out, which will be completed in 3 days.

As refunding is a big issue, the GST Network has also decided on complete online refunding from 24 September 2019 from a single source, either by Central GST or State GST.

Moreover, no State government is in favour of slashing the GST slab for Automobile sector from 28% to 18%, fearing loss of revenue.

About Goods and Services Tax (GST) Network

GSTN has been jointly registered by Central and State Governments as a not-for-profit Company under Section 8 of Companies act, 2013.

It was primarily set up to provide IT infrastructure and services to Central government, State governments, tax payers and other stakeholders for GST implementation.

The restructured GSTN, with 100% government ownership has equity 50:50 structure between Centre and the States.

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For the first time Survey of India to deploy 300 drones for mapping country

Survey of India (SoI), the oldest scientific department of country will for the first time rely on drones to map the country. SoI which is India’s National Survey and Mapping Organization is in charge of mapping and surveying entire country. SoI is affliated to the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Key Highlights

Objective:

  • To provide good high-resolution foundation maps. Also, High-resolution maps will facilitate digitisation of land titles in villages.
  • To map 75% of India’s geography (about 2.4 million sq km of 3.2 million sq km) within next two years.

To fulfill above objective the organisation aims to procure about 300 drones and so far about 30 have been sourced for the mega exercise.

As a precursor to undertake such drone-based mapping exercises, Survey of India has signed agreements with districts in Haryana (6), Karnataka (2) and Maharashtra (2). Every square kilometre mapped by drones will be encapsulated in 2500 pictures and thus be a store of digital data.

Benefits

Currently the best SoI maps have a resolution of 1:250000 (i.e. 1 cm on the map represents 2500 cm on ground), however, new maps under the project will have a 1:500 resolution (i.e. 1 cm on map will represent 500 cm).

Other than unprecedented detail, a consequence of mapping will be creating high resolution maps of land in villages thereby facilitating digitisation of land titles in villages.

Sorting rural issues: A major consequence of drone-based exercise will be mapping of settled habitations in villages. Based on availability of accurate maps, residents will finally be able to get property cards as well as proper legal titles to their lands.

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