"Initial hiccups are there but no mass scale failure".
As FE had reported earlier, the GST Network had blamed the big taxpayers for flooding the system with invoices while filing the full return in the first week of the month.
The panel of ministers set up to review the functioning of the IT network for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has set timelines for fixing the issues affecting the GSTN (Goods & Services Tax Network).
Modi, who heads the ministerial group, said that even though trials for the IT system were done, but "when you take the bull by the horn, then you face the issues". He has informed that 47 lakh dealers had filed 3B summery returns in July and in August over 3 lakh dealers have filed summery returns. "So, there are a few glitches initially", said Modi, who attended nearly all tax related meetings during 2007-13.
Such small taxpayers will have time till September 30 to opt for the scheme, which offers easy compliance for business as returns are to be filed only quarterly.
As each dealer had to register with PAN and Aadhaar numbers and comply with the norms applicable to them under the GST regime, they have been also facing procedural problems, as some of the forms to be filled were not yet uploaded on the portal.
Over the last couple of days, GSTN officials have met several large enterprises and tax officials from various states to identify and fix all glitches in the system so that taxpayers don't face problems while filing GST.
The Goods and Service Tax Council group of Ministers on Saturday chose to have a review meeting every 15 days to assess the improvement of various issues besides sharing information on a daily basis. "GSTN and Infosys also had a long meeting with the tax consultants and experts, who are handling more than 1,000-1,500 dealers at a time", he said. "In first week of October, we'll finalise the date and most probably in Bengaluru as Infosys is here itself", he said.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting here, Mr Modi said it would meet again in Bengaluru during the first week of October to take the discussion further. "The attempt was to work around the difficulties to eliminate problems, leading to better understanding of all stakeholders", he added.
"Owing to to huge rush of GSTR-3B return filing on the penultimate date of the month, the GSTN software witnessed glitches", he said.