GST Council constitutes 18 Sectoral Groups for smooth roll-out of GST
As decided in the 14th Meeting of the GST Council held on 18th-19th May, 2017 in Srinagar, J&K, 18 Sectoral Groups have been constituted representing various sectors of the economy in order to ensure smooth roll-out of GST. These 18 Sectoral Groups representing various sectors of the economy and containing Senior Officers of the Centre and the States are being set-up to ensure smooth implementation of GST by timely responding to the issues and problems of their respective Sector(s).In fact, they are being with the following objectives:
- i) Interact and examine representations received from trade and industry associations/bodies of their respective sector.
- ii) Highlight specific issues for the smooth transition of the respective sector to the GST regime.
- iii) Prepare sector specific draft guidance.
These Sectoral Working Groups consist of Senior Officers from the Centre and the States.
18 Sectoral Groups along with the names of Co-convenor(s) are as follows:
|S. No.||Sector||Central Government||State Government
|Name & Designation||Name & Designation|
|1||Banking, Financial & Insurance||Upender Gupta, Commissioner, GST Policy Wingh, CBEC||Dhananjay Akhade, Jt. Commissioner, Maharashtra|
|2||Telecom||Amitabh Kumar, Jt. Secretary (TRU-II), CBEC||Sh. Mukesh Kumar Meshram, CCT, Uttar Pradesh|
|3||Exports (incl EOUs and SEZs)||Dr. Tejpal Singh, ADG, DGEP, CBEC||Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary, Chhattisgarh|
|4.||IT & ITes||M. Vinod Kumar, Chief Commissioner, CBEC||Ms. Smaraki Mahapatra, CCT, West Bengal|
|5||Transport & Logistics||J.M. Kennedy, ADG, DRI, CBEC||Ms. Sujatha Chaturvedi, Pr. Secretary, Bihar|
|6||Textiles||Yogendra Garg, Commissioner, CBEC||Ms. Mona Khandhar, Secretary (EA), Gujarat|
|7||MSMEs (incl. job work)||Manish Sinha, Commissioner, CBEC & GST Council||H. Rajesh Prasad, Commissioner, VAT, Delhi|
|8||Oil & Gas (upstream & downstream)||P.K. Jain, Chief Commissioner, (AR), CBEC||Anurag Goel, CCT, Assam|
|9||Gems & Jewellery||Reyaz Ahmad, Director (TRU)||Dr. P.D. Vaghela, CCT, Gujarat|
|10||Services received and provided by Government||D.P. Nagendra Kumar, Pr. Commissioner, CBEC||Arun Mishra, Additional Secretary (CT) Bihar|
|11||Food Processing||Ajay Jain, Chief Commissioner, CBEC||Khalid Anwar, Sr. Jt. CCT, West Bengal|
|12||E-commerce||R. Sriram, Commissioner, CBEC||Ritvik Pandey, CCT, Karnataka|
|13||Big Infra (Airport & Sea ports including Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul, Power Sector, Housing and Construction)||Sandeep Prakash, Commissioner, CBEC||J. Syamala Rao, CCT, Andhra Pradesh|
|14||Travel & Tourism||Smt. Sungita Sharma, Pr. Commissioner, CBEC||Raghwendra Kumar Singh, CCT, Madhya Pradesh (Indore)|
|15||Handicrafts||Pradeep Goel, Commissioner, CBEC||Ms. Sangeetha P. CCT, Chhattisgarh|
|16||Media & Entertainment||M. Srinivas, Commissioner, CBEC||Omnarayan Chainsukhji Bhangdiya, Addl. Commissioner, Sales Tax, Maharashtra, Pune|
|17||Drugs & Pharmaceuticals||A.R.S. Kumar, Commissioner, CBEC||Dr. M.P. Ravi Prasad, Joint CCT, Karnataka|
|18||Mining||S.N. Singh, Chief, Commissioner, CBEC||Praveen Gupta, Secretary (Finance), Rajasthan|
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.