The Goods and Service Tax (GST) has been implemented in the country w.e.f. July 1, 2017. As per the directions of the Cabinet Secretary, a ‘GST Facilitation Cell’ has been created in the Ministry under the Economic Adviser, to serve as the first point of contact for addressing issues being faced by any sector related to the Ministry. It consists of members from CS-III Division, Wildlife Division, Project Elephant and SU Division as well as Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). The Cell is headed by the Economic Adviser, MoEF&CC.
- The GST Cell is responsible for examining requests received on increase/ decrease of applicable tax rates in the post-GST period compared to the pre-GST tax regime and taking up the same with GST Council.
- The GST Cell consolidates comments on representations received from various industries, associations, institutes and organizations. The proposals are examined in the Ministry by the Divisions concerned and recommendations are forwarded to GST Council for consideration.
- The Cell also offers support/ training material for GST that may be requested from time to time by various stakeholders and acts as a liaison between the Ministry and GST Council/ Department of Revenue.
- The Cell operates a Helpline number (011-24695386) to address the queries from various related sectors. It is active from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM on all working days.