Shillong, Dec 06: With the advancement of science and technology, the Government of Meghalaya has made serious attempts in achieving cent per cent e-governance in the State with the implementation of e-payment, e-registration, e-returns, and others. And now yet another citizen-centric online service has been offered from Friday, and that is the Online Central Sales Tax (e-CST) Service.
To acquaint the, business community about the e-CST service, a one-day training – cum-workshop was organized on Friday by the Department of Taxation, Government of Meghalaya at the U Soso Tham Auditorium where the Commissioner & Secretary, Taxation, Government of Meghalaya, Jopthiaw Lyngdoh attended as the Chief Guest. The Senior Technical Director, National Informatic Centre, Timothy Dkhar and officers and staff of the Taxation Department were also present on the occasion.
According to Lyngdoh, the main aim of implementing e-CST service in the State is to reduce the human space between the officers and the business community, to save time and money, to help business community manage from their own office, establishments and place of operation and to work seamlessly and effortlessly without any hassles.
Lyngdoh in his speech also recalled how when several e-services were first introduced in the State, there were some reluctance on the part of the government officials and the users to take advantage of these services as they do not want to get out of their comfort zone. But when they get used to it, the system just falls in to place, he said.
He informed that the Government of India is shortly introducing online Goods and Services Tax (GST) service in the country and once this is implemented there is no running away from technology. So it is pertinent that one should get themselves acquainted, equipped and update with the Information Technology.
He said that Shillong, being the nerve centre of trade and business, it is imperative that city-based businessmen set a trail so that businessmen from other parts of the State can follow and learn from them. Therefore, he called upon the business community to ensure that people down the line are trained and familiarize with the method of operation so that they can also acclimatize themselves with the GST regime.
Lamenting that most of the businessmen are misusing the online C-Form, Lyngdoh further impressed upon the business community that business ethics should be applied while utilizing C-Form and operate it in a transparent manner. He expressed hoped that the participants leave the workshop equipped with the knowledge of operating the e-CST service. He called for a mutual cooperation between the government officials and the business community so that the services go unhindered.