GST Current Affairs

India will grow at 7.3% in 2018: World Bank Report

The World Bank in its twice-a-year South Asia Economic Focus report has projected growth rate of 7.3% for India in 2018 and 7.5% for 2019 and 2020. The growth is expected to accelerate from 6.7% in 2017 to 7.3% in 2018 and to subsequently stabilise supported by sustained recovery in private investment and private consumption.

Key Facts

India’s recovering growth will drive South Asia to the fastest growing region. Indian economy has recovered from effects of demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST). India should strive to accelerate investments and exports to take advantage of recovery in global growth.

Disruptions from demonetisation and events surrounding implementation of GST led to setback in economic activity and potentially larger negative effect on poor and vulnerable. Private consumption will remain primary driver of growth while services sector and increasingly, industrial sector will lead production growth.

Every month, the working age increases by 1.3 million people and India will need to create 8.1 million jobs a year to maintain its employment rate. The employment rate is declining based on employment data analyzed from 2005 to 2015, largely due to women leaving the job market.

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Intra-state e-way bill rolled out in 5 states

The E-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods was rolled out in five more states‑Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. The E-Way Bill system for all inter-State movement of goods valued over Rs 50,000 was rolled-out from 1st April 2018. At that time, Karnataka was only state which had rolled out e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods. The roll-out of e-Way Bill system in these States will facilitate trade and industry so far as the transport of goods is concerned. This will also help in paving way for nation-wide single e-Way Bill system

Background

The e-way bill provision of the goods and services tax (GST) was first introduced on February 2018. It is touted as an anti-evasion measure and will help boost tax collections by clamping down on trade that currently happens on cash basis. However, its implementation was put on hold after system developed technical glitches in generating permits. With several states also starting to generate intra-state e-way bills on portal, the system developed snag. Since then, the platform was made more robust so that it can handle load of as many as 75 lakh inter-state e-way bills daily without any glitch.

E-way bill

E-way bill is an electric document generated on the GST Portal, which is a common and shared information technology (IT) infrastructure between the Centre and States; and acts as evidence for movement of goods. A company or an entity can upload relevant information prior to movement of a goods consignment from one state to another. Subsequently, the E-way bill for that consignment is generated via the GST portal. It may be noted that such a mechanism helps reduce the burden of tax collection under the GST regime and it is only applicable to transport of goods amounting to more than Rs 50,000 in value.

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