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Media & entertainment GST issues to be addressed by central excise chief M Srinivas

NEW DELHI: Central Board of Excise and Customs Commissioner M Srinivas will be the representative of the central government with issues relating to media and entertainment in the sectoral committee set up to ensure smooth implementation of GST by timely responding to the issues and problems of their respective Sectors.

These sectoral Working Groups consist of Senior Officers from the Centre and the States.

The Additional Commissioner for Sales Tax based in Pune, Mr Omnarayan Chainsukhji Bhangdiya, will represent the state governments on the Committee.

According to the decision taken in the 14th Meeting of the GST Council on 18th-19th May in Srinagar, 18 Sectoral Groups have been constituted representing various sectors of the economy in order to ensure smooth roll-out of GST. The Committees will primarily interact and examine representations received from trade and industry associations/bodies of their respective sector; highlight specific issues for the smooth transition of the respective sector to the GST regime; and prepare sector specific draft guidance.

In telecom, the central representative is CBEC Joint Secretary Amitabh Kumar while the state representative is Uttar Pradesh CCT Mukesh Kumar Meshram.

For information technology and ITES, the central representative is CBEC Chief Commissioner M Vinod Kumar while the states will be represented by West Bengal CCT Ma Smaraki Mahapatra.

CBEC Principal Commissioner D P Nagendra Kumar will represent the centre on the committee for services received and provided by the Government, while Bihar Additional Secretary (CT) Arun Mishra will represent the states.

The officials of these Sectoral Groups will deal with the issues and the problems of the respective sector(s) they represent. Concerned industry Groups/Associations or even individual industry representative(s) may approach the respective Sectoral Group officers with their problems, if any, relating to GST implementation who, in turn, will try to guide and help them in resolving the same. This exercise will help in dealing with most of the sectoral problems and issues at the local/regional level.

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