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The inter-state e-way bill was successfully launched across India on the 1st of April, 2018. At the same time, it was decided that the intra-state e-way bill will be launched starting from 15th of April, 2018, once the systems stabilize. In order to ensure a seamless implementation, the states were divided into batches, and every week, about 4 to 5 states came on board the e-way bill system.
Looking at the intra-state e-way bill, Rajasthan was one of the few states to go live quite late as it adopted the bill only on the 20th of May, 2018. By then, already more than 20 states had implemented the intra-state e-way bill across India.
Needless to stay, business across Rajasthan are now expected to start using the e-way bill Rajasthan portal. More importantly, they need to be aware about the various e-way bill provisions, in order to generate e-way bills in Rajasthan, and transition smoothly into the e-way bill era without any hassle.
In the pre-GST era, Rajasthan had a system of providing the documents along with the declaration form for the movement of goods. This declaration form was nothing but road permits, which were used for exporting the goods outside the state or for importing the goods from outside the state of Rajasthan. VAT 47A was the form used for importing the goods from outside the state, whereas VAT 49A was used for exporting the goods outside the state. Both these forms were available via electronic generation from the official website of the Rajasthan commercial taxes department.
In addition, there was another permit form, namely Form VAT 51A. This form was to be used, in case a vehicle or carrier was bound from any place outside the state and was carrying any goods or was bound to any place outside the state, but passed through the state of Rajasthan. Such a form was to be obtained from the in-charge of the first check post or barrier, encountered by the vehicle, once it entered the state. To complete the cycle, the in-charge of the last check post encountered by the vehicle before it left the state borders, would check the documents and allow the vehicle to proceed.
By an order passed by the Rajasthan state government on the 30th of March, 2018, the state accepted the inter-state e-way bill from the 1st of April, 2018 along with the rest of the country.
Any GST registered user who wants to gain access to the e-way bill facility, needs to register themselves on the e-way bill Rajasthan portal, filing the details which are asked for on the application window. If the user is unregistered under GST but has a TIN number, he can still register on the same portal using a different application window. Similarly, the user needs to use a separate window, in case the goods being dealt with are non-GST goods.
Currently the commercial tax department of Rajasthan supports online generation and management of e-way bills at the e-way bill Rajasthan portal. Businesses in Rajasthan who send goods outside the state have to register themselves on a one-time basis at the e-way bill Rajasthan portal and start generating e-way bills from 1st April, 2018. On the other hand, as per the notification issued by the Rajasthan state government, the e-way bill for intra-state movement of goods was made mandatory from 20th May, 2018. Thus, it is essential, that businesses are clear about how to generate e-way bills in Rajasthan, in order to carry forward their business in a compliant manner.