CM inaugurates GST Consultancy Service Office in Gangtok

Gangtok, 31 Mar [IPR]:

Sikkim’s first GST Consultancy Service Office was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today in a local hotel at Daragaon, Gangtok.

Sikkim GST Consultancy Services has been started by 18 individuals from different backgrounds like Commerce, Engineering, Law, Management, BBA, MBA, B.COM, M.COM, etc. The members were trained by Resource Persons from Commercial and Taxes Department, SIMTEC, Livelihood School, GST Division, FRED in collaboration with Skill Development Department.

The aim and objective of the Consultancy is to effectively utilise the extensive skills and business experience within the areas of specific expertise and experience within the Solution wise network to ensure that optimum resources are engaged to meet clients’ needs and also to spread awareness about indirect tax regime GST and to motivate more people to join the tax regime. The aim of the firm is also to provide common registration, return and payment services to the tax payers and facilitate taxpayers by simplifying GST processes and helping Indian business to enhance competitiveness.

The future plan of the firm is to set up offices in every district and provide training to BPL educated youth, it was informed.

During the inauguration, Mr Chamling congratulated the 18 youths who have started this consultancy service. He called upon the team to take up the mantle of creating awareness and information about GST in the State so that more youth will come forward with such inventive and innovative ideas.

Expressing his delight on seeing the younger generation coming up with new and progressive ventures, Mr Chamling said that these are the steps towards becoming self-reliant so that schemes like the Start Up Scheme will be fully utilized. He also urged the younger generation to come up with new ideas in this age of science and technology and show dignity of labour, sense of belonging, ownership and responsibility and also utilize most of the unlimited opportunities provided by the state government.

The Chief Minister also spoke on the exemption of Income Tax enjoyed by all SSC/CoI holders since 2008, made possible by the persistent efforts of the state government and suggested that as responsible citizens we should not misuse this unique right given to us.

He further elaborated and said, “Sikkimese people need to change our mindset about government jobs and venture towards other avenues of employment as well.”

He encouraged youngsters towards environment friendly and organic farming practices. The brand of Sikkim as the Organic state is also underutilized and he called upon the youth to take advantage of this.

Earlier, while speaking on the occasion Area MLA, Timothy Basnett, thanked the CM for his guidance. He also talked about the Start-up Scheme and urged the younger generation to take full advantage of such schemes.

The programme was also attended by GMC Mayor, Shakti Singh Choudhary, Secretaries from Skill Development Department and Commercial and Taxes Department, Joint Commissioner Commerce and Industries and senior officials from the concerned departments.