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Last Updated : Mar 28, 2018 05:24 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Process has been streamlined as far as refund part is concerned: GSTN Chairman

CNBC-TV18's Timsy Jaipuria caught up with Ajay Bhushan Pandey, GSTN Chairman who is also CEO, UIDAI and asked him if the systems are completely ready for the e-way bill to kick start on April 1.

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CNBC-TV18's Timsy Jaipuria caught up with Ajay Bhushan Pandey, GSTN Chairman who is also CEO, UIDAI and asked him if the systems are completely ready for the e-way bill to kick start on April 1.

“We have taken a very detailed review of the whole system and we are confident that from April 1, hopefully, we should be able to roll out for interstate,” he said.

“As far as the refund part is concerned, the process has been streamlined,” he added.

“Privacy is very important. Supreme Court has already delivered a judgement that privacy is fundamental right. Aadhaar considers privacy as a fundamental right and based on that premise, whole Aadhaar act was legislated,” said Pandey.

Below is the verbatim transcript of the interview.

Q: Firstly on the Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) front from April 1st E-way bill is kicking in, is the system ready? Are we completely ready because last time the system collapsed and we had to extend the deadline?

A: We have taken a very detailed review of the whole system and we are confident that from April 1st hopefully, we should be able to roll out for the interstate. I would still say that because this is a very large system, so we are in a position to roll out e-way bill for the interstate from April 1st.

Q: On the other hand when it comes to GSTN, exporters are claiming that a lot of refunds are stuck at the GSTN level especially on the integrated goods and services tax (IGST) side. By when can you release those funds because already a fortnight is on to facilitate exporters which is about to end?

A: You see so far as the refund part is concerned, now the process has been streamlined. But what we have observed is that in the returns because refunds are given on the basis of the information that the exporters have given in their returns. For example GSTR 3B and also GSTR-1. Now if there are some discrepancies then there are manual –adjudication, so they have to contact the concern officers because they have filed the returns and they do not match. So, in such cases those manual reconciliation facility we have provided. We have given the information to the tax officers, so that they can interact with the concerned exporter, seek clarification and then they can release the refund.

Q: On the Aadhaar side, yesterday you made a presentation also what is your view when it comes to the privacy debate, the entire debate that is happening and also keeping in mind the concern of the people hat privacy could be compromised?

A: So far the privacy is concerned, privacy is very important. Honourable Supreme Court in KS Puttaswamy case has already delivered a judgement that the privacy is fundamental right. What we try to convince the Supreme Court is that so far Aadhar is concerned Aadhaar considers privacy as a fundamental right and considering that based on that premise whole Aadhaar Act was legislated and our design as well our implementation Aadhaar Act and then the regulation gives a highest importance to the privacy.

So, far as the Aadhaar data is concerned privacy is very important, so the data you can say that there is some data called Aadhaar data then there are data’s in different domain which have actually no relationship with Aadhaar.

So far as Aadhaar data is concerned, Aadhaar data is fully protected. Yesterday l presented before the Supreme Court that there is not a single breach from Aadhaar System during the last 7 years and we are constantly on vigil. We also are aware that new threats are emerging and we have to not only keep the data safe today, but also keep the data safe tomorrow.

Q: When you talk of new threats are emerging what are these threats according to you firstly and how are you going to protect the data from these threats that you are mentioning because that is one of the concern that people are also talking about and so is the court?

A: In the IT world things are changing very fast. New technologies are coming and it is on the both side while the IT world is enabling people they are also enabling the other sides who do not have good intentions. So, what we need to always do is keep upgrading our technology. Keeping accessing that what new technologies our opponents will apply and how to take a proactive steps in time so that our data remain safe. We are quite confident during the last 7 years we have protected our data, we will do everything possible to ensure that the data of people which are available with us is secured.

 
First Published on Mar 28, 2018 03:32 pm

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