Job workers in Bengal have got relief from generating e-way bills on the intra-state movement of goods.
State finance minister Amit Mitra on Thursday said the government has agreed to an industry demand and, through a notification, allowed the exemption that will benefit small businesses and job workers across the product chain.
The e-way bill is a documentary evidence containing details such as the name of a consigner and a consignee, their GST numbers, the description and value of goods in the consignment as well as transport details. The transporters need to carry them along with invoices during the movement of goods.
The generation of e-way bill under the West Bengal Goods and Service Tax Rules, 2017 for an intra-state movement of goods is exempted where such goods are being sent to a job worker for a job work…or from one job worker to another job worker or are being returned to the principal after such job work, and where transportation is not final delivery of finished goods,” the notification, which came into effect on Thursday, said.
The notification was issued after consultation with the chief commissioner of central tax, Calcutta zone.
“This will help the textile industry in a major way,” Mitra said on the sidelines of a garment expo in the city.
The minister added the state government already extended the threshold for e-way bills.
A notification issued last month says e-way bills in respect of the movement of goods originating and terminating within the state shall be required where the consignment value exceeds Rs 1 lakh.
“If any good is transported within the state, e-way bill is required. If goods worth more than Rs 50,000 is carried, you need e-way bill. We have extended it to Rs 1 lakh,” said Mitra.
He told the garment industry representatives at the expo that he would take up an industry demand to raise the GST threshold to above Rs 20 lakh at a GST Council meeting once the new tax regime stabilises.