Indore: Taking a major step towards implementation of e-way Bill (EWB) system, state government has decided to roll out both forms of the EWB– interstate and intra-state– from February 1, 2018.

As per GST council order, while every state has to mandatorily roll-out the interstate (when trade and transportation of goods happens between two states) EWB from February 1, going a step forward the state government has voluntarily decided to officially roll out both the forms on the same day.

The council had however set the last date of rolling out intra-state (trade and transportation within the state boundary) EWB on June 1 for all states. A top ranking official informed this correspondent on condition of anonymity that state Goods and Service Tax (SGST) department was gearing up to roll out the interstate EWB from February 1, and it had started the preparation for the same well before the 24th meeting of the GST council which concluded in New Delhi on January 18.

“But, the state was waiting for the outcome of the council meeting as rate cut was possible on certain crucial goods. However, the states have power to give exemption to certain goods from the provisions of the WEB. Thus, in the back drop of the council meeting and its decisions, the SGST department was working overnight to prepare the final list of goods both exempted and non-exempted from EWB and working hard to complete the task as soon as possible,” the official said. Importantly, these exemptions will be valid only till May 30 and henceforth interstate and intra-state EWB will be implemented across the country altogether, he added.

We are going to introduce interstate E-way Bill system in MP from February and will soon issue notification on intra-state system

Jayant Malaiya, State Finance Minister

In fact, EWB for interstate as well as intra-state movement of goods will come into effect from 1 February, 2018. The state has however power to exempt certain transactions and may issue release of notification spelling out the relief

Sudip Gupta, Joint Commissioner, MP SGST Department

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