The Tamil Nadu government will re-deploy more than 500 commercial taxes department staff posted at 29 checkposts across the state after the goods and services tax (GST) rolls out on April 1.
Once the law comes into force, there will be no need for commercial taxes checkposts as the goods and services tax in all states will be same. Checkpost staff have already been informed about their re-deployment within the department and they will soon be trained to handle the GST regime.
“Our training has begun. All employees at the checkposts are being trained on GST. With checkpost becoming redundant, we will be informed as to where we will be re-deployed,” said an official at the Puzhal check post, seeking anonymity.
There are at least 20 senior and junior officers at each checkpost. “At some checkposts, there are more than 20 officers, depending on the number of vehicles coming into Tamil Nadu and going out of the state,” said an official at the Tiruttani checkpost, not willing to be quoted.
In the meantime, the state commercial taxes department is gearing up for the GST rollout. Though Tamil Nadu differed with the Centre on the rollout, the department has quietly prepared its officials for the new tax regime. “The differences between Tamil Nadu and the Centre on GST related to empowering the state on raising tax. But, we know that once the Parliament passes the act, states will have to fall in line,” a senior department official told TOI.
The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) is working with private IT companies like Infosys for a GST software for all states. The training of officers on the software will begin in January. The number of officials who will be trained will be decided in the coming weeks, he said.
With the new software for GST, the work will be online. “Be it payment, filing of returns or scrutiny, it will all be online,” said the official. “The Total Solution Project, a software being used by the department, will also be tweaked as we need to connect only fuel and alcohol tax revenue for the state. We will also be collecting tax for the Centre and transfer the money to its account,” the official said.