In a significant development in the GST department’s campaign to combat suspicious and fake registrations, approximately 4,000 firms from Ludhiana have been identified as doubtful by the online system of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). This number is expected to rise. The campaign was initiated on May 16. Considering the large number of assessees in the Ludhiana district, it will take some time to thoroughly examine all these cases and determine the extent of suspicious registrations, sources said.
According to sources, it has been revealed that over 88,000 dealers are currently registered in Ludhiana under GST as per data with the Ludhiana division of the state GST (SGST) department. These dealers are distributed across five different ranges, with range-1 and range-2 accounting for the majority of the total registrations. Sources also said under the ongoing campaign, SGST officials are also been empowered to take action in case of suspicious and fake registration.
SGST’s ranges have also started preparing their teams for the physical verification of the dealers tagged as suspicious.
Opposing the campaign of the GST authorities, the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association in a statement said, “While registering a firm under the GST regime, the department does every type of verifications, including physical verification of the site. When a firm has been inspected and got its registration, and timely submitted its returns and taxes, then why harass the industry by doing door-to-door checking. There is a situation of panic amongst the industrialists regarding the same, the department should not harass the industrialists and encourage the ease-of-doing business.”