Since the Goods and Services Tax Act has come into existence, the mishaps haven’t stopped continuing. These mishaps have taken the entire focus of the government and people from the revenue collection to the basics of taxation. The regime is so malleable that it is unable to maintain the uniformity and most importantly stability in it.
The massive mismanagement that troubled the people the most since the introduction of GST in India is the abrupt implementation of e-way bill system. The entire transportation unit of the nation was frustrated with the fact that the portal crashed due to some flaws at the tech end. However, the process is now delayed from being a part of GST until everything gets resolved and some new strategies are developed for the same.
Why the system collapsed?
Considering the GST bill latest news, the major reasons for the improper implementation of the e-way bill became visible to everyone’s eyes. And you’d be amazed to know that behind the process failure, the government has taken full accountability. Here are some of the major factors that were overlooked:
1. No trial has been made- A very basic aspect in the regime building or process making is the verification and running of the beta version to ensure the reliability. But unfortunately, the government wasn’t cautious about the post-implementation effects of the hasty implementation of GST e-way bill. Although there were rumors that the council could anytime decide to surprise the taxpayers of the nation, but such blunt activity was expected by none. If the government had run some trials for a month or two, the transporters would have become well aware and also the system would have had taken enough load, and ultimately the crash and delay wouldn’t have occurred.
2. Failed to notice the load- Since the beginning of the GST regime, the government has always been boasting about the fact that nothing could surpass the technology. There is no ambiguity in the statement but the members of GST Council must have understood that everything has its own limitations. With thousands of transportation vehicles running to & fro every day, the crash of the portal was expected. If you’d try to fill a glass with water more than its capacity, overflow is inevitable. And the same happened with the e-way bill system as well.
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What needs to improve?
As the government is failing to deliver what it proposed, the chunk of problems is getting bigger each time something lousy happens. As per GST bill latest news, here are some of the developments that are required to be made in the e-way bill:
1. A sturdy backend- It must be clear to you until now that the technology behind the e-way bill definitely needs some boost in order to run smoothly with no abrupt failures. The government must determine the number of entries that will be required to be made on the portal over a course of a day and further ensure that the technology supporting the portal is advanced enough to bear such load. Because even the delay of half an hour in making an entry makes the entire traffic stagnant for the same period of time. So, this setback should be strictly avoided.
2. Reach out to resolve disparity- Since the portal collapsed, the people have made up their mind to not trust the system completely until others ensure its authenticity. This disparity amongst the taxpayers and the transporters scales down the number of people showing support to the system. There are various ways through which the government could maneuver a solid strategy for a successful re-launch of the e-way billing system. The users could be exposed to a flawless e-way bill by:
- Running a trial before the actual implementation.
- Eliminating the lurch of the portal crash by making the taxpayer and especially the transporters about the special rules and regulations of the bill.
- Increasing the efficiency of the authority that is provided to the vehicle drivers to file/upload their complaint on the portal if the rules of the e-way bill are not being followed in a right manner. But again in order to make that happen, the government first needs to spread full awareness about the regime.
The government should adopt all measures to make the implementation effortless and convenient for those whose bread and butter depends on driving vehicles and transporting goods and services. And since the introduction of GST in India, the people are bearing every thrash of the flaws, the council could not afford to make another mistake. By acknowledging and improving the core complications of the regime, the government can achieve the goal to serve the nation with an apt and reliable tax regime.