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Government constitutes GoM to resolve IT challenges faced in GST implementation

Union Finance Ministry has constituted Group of Ministers (GoM) to monitor and resolve IT challenges faced in implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). It also Committee on Exports to look into issues of exports.

Both committees were constituted following the decision taken in 21st GST Council meeting in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Key Facts

Group of Ministers (GoM): It will be headed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. It will be assisted in its work by Chairman, Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) and Chief Executive Officer, GSTN. It was formed after states had raised issue of glitches being faced by taxpayers in filing their GST returns on GSTN.

Committee on Exports: Its mandate is to look into issues of exports and recommend GST Council suitable strategy for helping the sector in the post-GST scenario. It will be headed by Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.

Background

Exporters raised concern related higher cost of working capital owing to difficulties in availing input tax credit and refunds after implementation of GST regime. Before GST, exporters enjoyed upfront tax exemption on goods to be exported, but now, they have to pay GST before procurement of goods and services.

Moreover, exporters also need to pay IGST on imported inputs. However, they can avail input tax credit after sale within domestic tariff area or after sending their shipments outside country. The exporters can then claim unutilised credit as refund, process in which their capital gets blocked with government and resulting in raising of their operating cost.

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Disability pension for defence forces at par with civilians: Government

The Union Government has accepted recommendations of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to maintain disability pension for defence forces in parity with civilians under 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

With acceptance of recommendations of NAC, Government will not go ahead with new disability pension parity regime recommended by 7th CPC and continue earlier system of disbursing disability pension.

Background

The armed forces were pressing for reverting to percentage-based regime for disability pension and were strongly opposed to slab-based system conceived by 7th CPC. They felt that new slab-based system would result in reduction in amount of disability pension for existing as well as future retirees compared to percentage-based disability pension. They were also upset as civilian pensioners were to be paid pension according to earlier percentage system. To address the issue, Defence Ministry had referred this matter to NAC to decide methodology for calculation of disability element of disability pension under 7th CPC.

Complaint and Litigation Reduction Scheme

The Ex-Servicemen Health Contributory Scheme (ECHS) has launched Complaint and Litigation Reduction Scheme (CLRS) for grievance redressal of veterans and their dependents. It will assist Defence Ministry to increase focus on formulation of caring policy and implementation initiatives preserving time and resources of our veterans who have served the nation.

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