The Directorate General of Anti-Profiteering (DGAP) has served a notice on technology major Samsung India for allegedly not passing on the benefits of GST reduction to its customers and in turn making undue profits, sources said.
The notice, sources said, was served on the basis of a complaint that alleged the company was not tranferring the rate cut in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on television sets to the consumers.
In December, the GST Council reduced the tax rate on televisions with screen sizes of up to 32 inches to 18 per cent from 28 per cent, which came into effect on January 1, 2019. Earlier, only the television sets with screens up to 26 inches were in the 18 per cent tax slab.
The anti-profiteering body, which functions under the GST Council, has also sought documents of sales made by the company.
A Samsung India spokesperson said: “Samsung reduced its sales price according to GST reduction with effect from January 1, 2019. We are cooperating with DGAP on this matter.”
Sources said the complaint refers to only one of the company television models and that the company will reply to the notice soon.
Non-transmission of rate cuts to consumers violates Section 171 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act which mandates that any reduction in tax rates on goods and services or benefits of input tax credit should be passed on to customers through reduction in prices.
The duty of the anti-profiteering agency is to conduct investigation and collect evidence necessary to determine whether the benefit of reduction in the rate of tax on any goods or services has been passed on to the recipient by way of commensurate reduction in prices, in terms of Section 171 of the CGST Act, 2017.
Several companies have faced action from the anti-profiteering body over numerous complaints filed by consumers.
RBI issues guidelines for SRO’s for payment system operators.
The Reserve Bank on Thursday issued final guidelines, including the framework, to set up a self-regulatory organisation for payment system operators as part of its payment and settlement systems vision.
The Reserve Bank on Thursday issued final guidelines, including the framework, to set up a self-regulatory organisation for payment system operators as part of its payment and settlement systems vision. The framework will enable the central bank to recognize a self-regulatory organisation (SRO) for payment system operators (PSOs). The plan was announced in February 2020 monetary policy. “Interested groups/association of PSOs (banks as well as non-banks) seeking recognition to be an SRO may apply to the chief general manager, department of payment and settlement systems at the RBI,” the regulatory circular said.
An SRO is a non-governmental organisation that sets and enforces rules and standards relating to the conduct of its members to help protect customers and promote ethical and professional standards.
An SRO can help frame rules for system security, pricing practices, customer protection measures, grievance redressal mechanisms, among others, and is expected to resolve the disputes among the members internally through mutually accepted processes to ensure that members operate in a disciplined environment and even accept its penal actions.
The central bank said the SRO shall be set up as a not-for-profit company under the Companies Act of 2013 and only regulated payment system entities such as banks and non-bank PSOs can be members of the SRO.
At least one-third of the members on the board of directors of the SRO shall be independent and not associated with member institutions.
The board shall frame a code of conduct for the members.
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