GST registration: Scanning of face, retina, fingerprint coming soon: According to sources for GST registration scanning of face and retina is soon going to start for GST registration. This is due to bogus GST Registration. Government attempts to prevent the use of stolen and fake identities for creating GST Registration.
“Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the program will use specific gadgets to authenticate the applicant using their Aadhaar number and fingerprints, retina. Before being implemented statewide in three to six months, the program would initially be evaluated in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry” said by Vivek Johri.
“At present, when somebody opts for Aadhaar authentication, what typically happens is that the person gets an OTP on his mobile number, which, when fed into the system, confirms that this person is whoever he is presenting himself to be. But we found that in cases of stolen identity, the mobile numbers were also changed,” Vivek Johri said referring to a recent case of fake GST registrations in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar.
Now, the Aadhaar authentication will involve biometric verification like Scanning of face and retina, fingerprints. To make it (GST registration) more foolproof, and CBIC will not rely on OTP-based authentication. The person will have to subject himself to biometric authentication.
How long it might take to implement the program?
According to Johri, the pilot projects will provide insight into the deployment and the government will need some infrastructure. “You would be aware that Aadhaar authentication is currently taking place on the basis of mobile devices in the banking industry and, so it will require a certain system but may not be that complex. Even though a complex infrastructure might not be necessary, we still need to make plans. At most, after three to six months program will be implemented.”
At the meeting of the GST Council, the scheme was discussed. In order to increase the security of the GST system, central and state tax authorities have taken a number of measures, including increased use of technology and corporate disclosure requirements. As a result of the initiatives, GST receipts in April reached a record high of 1.87 trillion.
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