Central excise commissioner underscores constraints

SHILLONG, Feb 22: In advocating the Union government’s policy on goods and service tax (GST) as an effort to accomplished a dream of  ‘one tion one tax’, the Commissioner of Central Excise and Service Tax (North eastern Region) G Panmei  underscored the constraints of the region that needed a hand holding from the centre in the next one year. Addressing an outreach programme on GST for the members of Trade and commerce in Shillong on Wednesday, Panmei dwelt on the concept of GST, of being an effort to make a regime of facilitation than enforcement. He stressed on transparency, reduction in papers works, corruption free and friendly to the tax payers, but he was candid in expressing is concern on the ultimate take off in the eight sister states. “I am concern about Northeast’s preparedness because of the constraints in administering service taxes,” stated the Commissioner of Central excise and Service tax. He pointed out the present figure of tax officers-with Manipur at 29, Meghalya 100, Mizoram at 82, gal;and with 91 and Tripura with 93.