Government to launch ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ GST reward scheme in six States, UTs from September 1
In a significant move towards enhancing transparency in financial transactions and empowering consumers, the Indian government is set to launch the ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar‘ invoice incentive scheme. This pioneering scheme, scheduled to commence from September 1, aims to promote the habit of requesting bills during purchases, thereby fostering a culture of fiscal responsibility and accountability.
Inception of ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar‘
The ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ scheme, conceptualized by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), is designed to instill a sense of confidence and assurance among consumers while making purchases. The scheme is geared towards creating awareness about the importance of receiving genuine invoices for business-to-consumer transactions, fostering a more transparent economy.
Cash Prizes as an Incentive
Under this scheme, consumers are offered a compelling incentive to demand bills for their purchases. The range of cash prizes extends from ₹10,000 to a whopping ₹1 crore. These prizes will be awarded through monthly and quarterly draws, making participation exciting and rewarding. The scheme’s architecture ensures that individuals stand a chance to win substantial cash rewards by simply requesting legitimate invoices during their transactions.
Eligibility and Participation
The ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ scheme is open to all invoices issued by suppliers registered under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This comprehensive approach ensures that a wide spectrum of transactions falls within the ambit of the scheme. Consumers from the initial batch of six States and Union Territories – Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Puducherry, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli – will be the first beneficiaries of this innovative incentive program.
The Role of Technology
In a digital age, technology plays a pivotal role in facilitating schemes of this nature. The government has developed the ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ mobile app, available on both iOS and Android platforms. This app provides a seamless platform for consumers to upload their invoices for consideration in the prize draws. To ensure validity, the uploaded invoices should contain essential information such as the seller’s GSTIN (Goods and Services Tax Identification Number), invoice number, amount paid, and tax details.
Promoting a Responsible Consumer Culture
At its core, the ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ scheme aspires to create a positive shift in consumer behavior. By motivating individuals to actively seek legitimate invoices, the scheme promotes accountability, curtails tax evasion, and contributes to the growth of the formal economy. Furthermore, the initiative strengthens the government’s efforts to streamline GST processes and increase revenue collection.
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- Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs: Shri Sanjay Kumar Agarwal
The scheme, which is aimed at motivating customers to ask for a bill every time they make purchases, will be launched in the States of Assam, Gujarat and Haryana; and the UTs of Puducherry, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said.
“Invoice incentive scheme allows to earn cash prizes on upload of GST invoices,” CBIC tweeted.
All invoices issued by Goods and Services Tax (GST) registered suppliers to consumers will be eligible for the ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ scheme, under which monthly and quarterly draw of lots will be made and winners will be eligible for cash reward prize beginning from ₹10,000 to up to ₹1 crore.
Upload GST invoices of your purchases & get a chance to earn lucky rewards
Mera Bill Mera Adhikaar is a scheme launched by the Government of India for incentivising consumers on uploading genuine business to consumer (B2C) invoices for purchases of goods or services attracting Goods and Services Tax (GST). Consumers could register on this mobile application & upload the invoices simply by clicking picture of the invoice or uploading already saved invoices from the Gallery.
Every month, few lucky invoices would be identified by a process of draw of lots, and uploader can get a chance to win exciting prizes. The more the number of invoices uploaded by a person, the higher is the chance of winning. Further, a few lucky invoices which have been paid through digital modes of payment like UPI or RuPay card stand a chance of winning a higher prize also.
This mobile application would read key invoice details like GSTIN (also called GST Number), invoice number & date, and amount paid to assist consumers. Scanned values could also be edited by the consumers before uploading, if required. Every successfully uploaded genuine B2C invoice will be issued a unique acknowledgement number.
For more details, please refer to the Terms & Conditions of this app.
The minimum purchase value for the invoice to be considered for lucky draw is ₹200 and individuals can upload a maximum of 25 invoices in a month beginning September 1.
The ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ mobile app will be made available in both IOS and android platforms. The invoice uploaded on the app should have the GSTIN of the seller, invoice number, amount paid and tax amount.
The scheme is conceptualised in a way so as to incentivise citizens and consumers to ask for genuine invoices from the seller when making business-to-consumer (B2C) purchase of goods or services.