Food processing ministry sets up GST facilitation cell to guide industry

The ministry of food processing industries has set up a four-member GST facilitation cell to guide industry about the new tax regime so as to fast-track compliance and facilitation of GST rollout.

The GST facilitation cell will provide all possible support for the rollout of the levy to the major industry and business associations related to MoFPI. This cell will serve as the first point of contact to address any issue being faced by any sector related to the ministry,an official release stated on Thursday.

The GST cell will be equipped with the complete knowledge of the relevant GST Act, rules, rate structure etc, it added.

The cell, headed by Bijaya Kumar Behera, economic advisor to the ministry, has G Srinivasan, senior marketing officer, S N Ahmed, assistant director and Bikram Nath, assistant director as other members.

The ministry is also in the process of organising several programmes for the industry to sensitise associates about GST, and has planned to conduct seminars to disseminate information about the new tax regime.

The members of the GST Facilitation Cell can be accessed through Toll Free No 1800111175 or on #AskonGSTFPI.

Press Information Bureau has also created a special webpage on GST http://pib.nic.in/gst which will be a one stop platform for all information on the new tax regime. It contains press releases issued till date on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in both Hindi and English languages. The webpage also contains various presentations, FAQs etc on GST.