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The Network for International Law Students (NILS) is organizing a day long Workshop on the “Goods & Service Tax and its Implication” on 14th April, 2017. This workshop will be organised in association with the College of Legal Studies, UPES Dehradun.
Legislative History
The GST was introduced by the Constitution (101st Amendment) Act or commonly known as the GST Act, 2016 is estimated to be one of the biggest tax reforms in India’s indirect tax structure with the view to “free the nation from the menace of tax terrorism” in words of the Prime Minister.
The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill or commonly known as the GST Bill, 2014 was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister on 19 December 2014, and passed by the House on 6 May 2015. Subsequently, in the upper house or Rajya Sabha, the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 3rd August 2016, and the amended bill after the recommendations of the Select Committee was passed by the Lok Sabha on 8 August 2016. The Bill received ratification by the States and Presidential Assent on 8th Sept 2016 and notified in the Official Gazette of India. The GST will be implemented from 1st July 2017.
Objective of NILS
NILS attempts to organize this Workshop with the objective of bringing law students of the State of Uttarakhand at par with the other law colleges based in metropolitan cities by inviting eminent legal wizards and stalwarts practising extensively in Taxation Laws who will deliver interactive lectures at a day-long Workshop on the proposed list of topics.
The Workshop proposes to cover the following topics:
1. Four key GST bills passed in the Lok Sabha and its applicability.
2. The inception of GST Bill and Act and its subsequent introduction in the Parliament
along with debates.
3. Application of GST at a central level and the previous Acts and Regulations it seeks to
replace along with the sectors that will majorly benefit from its implementation.
4. The applicable tax rates under GST and the standing of GST Council for determining the ‘minimum’ workable rates (Different situations and examples will be discussed).
5. Socio-economic benefits by implementation of a uniform one-tax regime in light of
balanced development for backward states.
6. Economic liberalization and curbing of cascading indirect tax system with GST to attract foreign investment and job opportunities in India.
7. Comparative Study of implementation of GST in other countries and its economic and
legal effects.
8. The need for a Centralized Registration System to file returns and registers for easy
implementation of GST across the country (A tax-payer’s view).
9. Relevant dispute resolution mechanism for curbing double taxations in certain sectors and the indirect taxes that are not covered under the GST.

The key Speakers for the NILS Workshop on “GST and its Implications” are
1. Mr. Pravin H Parekh (Chief Guest)
Mr. Parekh is a designated Senior Counsel practising at Supreme Court of India since 2007. He has served as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association for a six consecutive terms. Mr. Parekh is conferred with the Padma Shri, the 4th highest Indian Civilian Honour for his contribution to the legal fraternity.
2. Mr. Abhishek A. Rastogi, Partner, Khaitan & Co., Mumbai
Abhishek is a Partner in the Indirect Tax practice group in Mumbai Khaitan & Co. office. He is a GST Expert and has also served as Director at PwC, Mumbai specializing in Indirect Tax. He has authored several books on GST including “India Needs GST” and “Taxman’s Guide to Goods and Services Tax”.
3. Mr. Pramod Kumar Rai, Athena Law Associates Founder and Principle Advisor
Mr. Pramod Kumar Rai is alum of IIT Kanpur and a Tax Administrator in the capacity of an Ex-Indian Revenue Service Officer who has served as the Joint Commissioner in Central Excise & Customs. During his tenure as an IRS Officer, he has acted as a quasi judicial authority in more than thousand taxation disputes. Mr. Rai holds a ‘Gold Medal’ in law (LLB) and LL.M. from University of Georgia, USA on 100% funding. He specializes in Anti Dumping, Counter Veiling and Safeguard measures; Arbitrations; Anti-Competitive Litigations and Customs, Excise & Service Tax matters.
4. Ms. Rashmi Deshpande, Associate Partner, Khaitan & Co., Mumbai.
Ms. Deshpande is an Associate Partner in the Indirect Tax Team at Khaitan & Co. She
graduated from ILS Law College, Pune and started her career working with Deloitte.
Thereafter she has worked at PwC, KPMG and BMR Advisors. She has a significant
experience in advisory and litigation matters and advises clients in the financial, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.
About the NILS Workshop on “GST and its Implications”
The Workshop will be supported by “POPCORNIN” and “Legal Amicus” as our Social
Media Partner and Legal Media partners, respectively. The Workshop will be conducted on 14th April, 2017 in College of Legal Studies, UPES Dehradun campus and the last date for registration is 13th April, 2017. The Workshop is open to law and non law students and working professionals in and around Dehradun in the State of Uttarakhand. Interested students may contact the Organizers by Call or E-mail expressing their interest in attending the said Workshop at:
1. Ms. Varsha Gupta
President, NILS Dehradun
(M) +91- 8979833050
(E) [email protected]
2. Mr. Anuraag Mitra
Secretary General, NILS Dehradun
(M) +91- 7060474276
(E) [email protected]
3. Mr. Manas Daga
Vice President- Publications, NILS Dehradun
(M) +91- 8979732156
(E) [email protected]
4. Sneh Bhimta
Vice President- Events, NILS Dehradun
(M) +91- 8988374119
(E) [email protected]

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