To make the GST transition seamless and to help trade and industries, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) organized GST Outreach Program on 28th July, 2017 at HP Green R&D Centre at Hoskote in Bengaluru. The educative program was graced by Ms. Gayathri Chandra Menon, IRS; Mr. Aravind Vivekanand, IRS and Assistant Commissioners, Central Taxes, Bangalore; and Mr. Kriishna Kumar TR and Mr. Ranganath SO, Deputy Commissioners from the Commercial Taxes Department. The Keynote was addressed by Mr. G Sriganesh, Executive Director, HPGRDC.
During the event, Ms. Gayathri Chandra Menon, IRS said “Today, we are witnessing one of the biggest indirect tax reforms in India. The process post implementation will pave way for a unified and simplified indirect taxation system. However, with the introduction of any new law, there is bound to have confusion for a few days, and we are sparing no efforts to ensure that everyone understands the concept of GST.”
The outreach program was part of Central Board of Excise and Customs’ (CBEC) fast track initiate, which encourages corporations and companies to educate the new structure, salient features, registrations, compliance and benefits of GST. Thus far, the Commercial Tax Department has successfully conducted 150 outreach programs across the country and has set up 130 helpdesk with dedicated Seva Kendras to provide information and benefit the stakeholders. Since inception, 90% of dealers have been enrolled under GST regimen. To further the reach, a new interactive website will be launched exclusive for GST Karnataka. Catching up on the trend, there will also be a dedicated app launched for jurisdiction and change alone. One can also get more information about GST by visiting the website www.cbec.gov.in or can contact through their twitter handle, @CBEC_India.
HPCL is one of the largest Indian state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Company with numerous products, refineries and subsidiaries. Mr. G Sriganesh, Executive Director, HPGRDC stated that the outreach program was very beneficial and said, “Although petrol and diesel don’t fall under the ambit of GST, the ancillary and byproducts of petroleum and diesel fall under GST and it was important to discuss and create awareness about the same. The outreach program was very detailed, oriented and well organized. It cleared a lot of doubts including the concept of SGST, CGST and IGST.”
The outreach program educated the participants through presentations, seminars from chief guests, which dispelled various practical issues post GST implementation. The outreach program also had an interactive session at the end where participants were involved in interactive questions and answers session to clear any doubts they had.
The program was a humongous success, which drew hundreds of participants from Vendors, Transporters, Dealers, and BPC, IOC and HPC Officers.
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