SHILLONG, July 16: Although, as many as 22 States, including Delhi, West Bengal and Maharashtra, have abolished check posts within three days of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), in Meghalaya check gates are still functioning and now it seems that it will continue to function for the time being.
The reason cited by the taxation Minister Zenith Sangma is that the state is waiting for E-way Bill system which has been recommended by GST council to National Informatics Centre Pune to formulate this as soon as possible.
“Different types of taxes levied by these departments still continues, as far as removal of check gates are concern it will depend on the e way bill system is develop and placed in the GSTN portal,” Sangma said adding, “As on today this has not been ready and the responsibility has been given to NIC pune to develop the system and they said this will take couple of months time”.
“Following the introduction of E-way Bill system the check gates will be immediately removed,” he added.
Stating that this seems to take couple of months time, the Minister said, “During this period check gates will be functioning as they are run by Ministry of road transport and some by forest department”.
To check the transportation of goods, he said, “eventually, Meghalaya Government will procure more vehicles to be mobile squad so that once these check gates are removed they can randomly check trucks transporting goods at any place and any point of time”.
The reports from truckers suggest that the check gates in Meghalaya are still functioning in the various check points in Garo Hills as well as Ratacherra in East Jaintia Hills.