Biz community seeks restoration of broadband service for filing GST returns

Mobile Internet service restored in Kishtwar after 10 days

Businessmen community of Kashmir has sought restoration of broadband service to pay their Goods and Services Tax (GST).

As GST return filings are mandatory for registered businesses, the delay in filing returns has repercussions leading to blocking of e-way bills as a result of which the businesses can’t import or export any goods from the Valley.

“It is a peculiar situation as on one hand government is asking us to file GST returns but at the same time internet access to us is being denied,” said media-Incharge of Kashmir Economic Alliance, Farhan Kitab.

“Government should facilitate filing of GST returns by resuming at least broadband services to the business establishments. If they can’t even do that, then government must open circle wise internet kiosks at Commercial Taxes official where businessmen could file GST returns and also generate e-way bills, “he said.

It is pertinent to mention that government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has itself admitted that there has been a dip in GST returns by 40 percent and at the same time asked traders to approach their concerned Deputy Commissioner’s office from they could file GST returns.

However, several businessmen complained that there are not adequate facilities available at the concerned DC offices in Kashmir for filing GST returns.