The Department of Trade & Taxes, Government of NCT of Delhi, has taken a significant step towards improving the GST registration process with the establishment of a Centralised GST Registration Cell (Seva Kendra). This new initiative aims to streamline the registration process, minimize deemed registrations, and combat tax evasion, thereby safeguarding government revenue.

Commenting on this development, Finance Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot said “The establishment of the Centralised GST Registration Cell (Seva Kendra) marks a significant milestone in the journey towards improving the GST registration process in Delhi. Under the able leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, it is a testament to the Delhi Government’s commitment to promoting transparency, curbing tax evasion, and optimizing revenue collection.”

The primary objective of the Centralised GST Registration Cell is to enhance efficiency by reducing the burden on ward officials who were previously responsible for scrutinizing each application for GSTIN registration. With the introduction of the Seva Kendra, ward officials will have more time to focus on crucial GST-related tasks, including revenue collection, compliance monitoring, return scrutiny, audits, assessments, and appeals.

Previously, ward officers were inundated with the task of meticulously examining every registration application. This exhaustive process often consumed a substantial amount of their time, leaving little room for other important responsibilities such as compliance monitoring, appeals, and audits. In case of no action, the application is deemed approved after 7 days of submitting the documents.

Currently, the deemed approval rate is substantially high, and a strong correlation has been observed between fake firms and deemed approvals. To address this problem and streamline the process , the Department has provided specialized training to GST officers and established the Centralised GST Registration Cell (Seva Kendra). This centralized cell will receive and process new GST registration applications, ensuring greater efficiency and effectiveness. Moreover, the Department has implemented Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the GST registration process. These SOPs will outline standardized protocols and guidelines, creating a more streamlined and seamless experience for applicants.

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