Massive support for very, very simple GST: Venkaiah Naidu

Ministers were fanning out across the country even as 600 training classes have been held for officers in this regard, Naidu said. Further, the GST Council, which had representatives from both the Centre and state governments, would discuss various issues, he said.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published:July 9, 2017 4:59 pm
gst, gst decision, goods and service tax, venkaiah naidu Whatever decisions the GST council has to take has to be unanimous or by consensus or by two third majority, Venkaiah Naidu said.

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said there was “massive support” for the “very very simple” Goods and Services Tax (GST) and assured that any doubts on the new taxation regime could be addressed. “There is massive support for GST and people are happy,” the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said in his address at a GST conference here.

“Because the other day (US President) Donald Trump acknowledged it and told (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi you are taking the country on the right path with regard to the economy,” Naidu said.

On demands from certain quarters to lower the rates, the minister said, “Nothing is perfect, nothing is final. Definitely we can make changes,” he said. To back his statement, he pointed out that the 18th meeting of the GST Council had lowered the tax rate on fertilisers, revising the rate arrived upon at its previous meeting.

“There is problem for regional cinema, Tamil Nadu (theatres) also agitated, there are problems for textile and beedi (industries). Everybody will be asking for lower slabs,” he said.

But these things were not unsurmountable and could be discussed and disposed of by the GST council ‘which is dynamic’ and which would meet from time to time, he said, adding, that doubts on GST were also being addressed.

Ministers were fanning out across the country even as 600 training classes have been held for officers in this regard, he said. Further, the GST Council, which had representatives from both the Centre and state governments, would discuss various issues, he said.

Whatever decisions the GST council has to take has to be unanimous or by consensus or by two third majority, Naidu said. “GST is a very very simple legislation and the prime minister doesn’t want any discretion to be given to anybody, whether an officer or minister,” he said.

“He wants everything to be transparent, everybody to be (held) accountable. If you do discretion, then you will be hearing stories like 2G, 3G and or some other Gs. Some G will come,” he said alluding to the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Modi has launched a “war” against corruption, black money and tax evasion, Naidu said. “At the end of the day he wants the country, common people and honest tax payer to be strengthened. He wants the poor people to benefit,” he said. Naidu denied there was any “haste” in the GST roll out. He also recalled that the Congress leaders had batted for the tax law when the UPA was in power.

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    manian
    Jul 10, 2017 at 10:03 am
    One fails to understand the protests by various trade organisations.The GST levi falls on the buyers,trader suffers no loss.The real reason now every is recorded this will increase their annual turnover leading to tax compliance which they want to avoid.People will complain but they cannot live without essential commodities, entertainment so get on with their lifeThe govt. should use the extra income to make life more comfortable for people.
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      Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
      Jul 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm
      Mr Manian, you dont know our trading community. They were used to do thousands of crores of trade in cash. Initially because of demonetization they had to lose lot of hard cash in their chest and go downs. Entire Surat, Mumbai garment industry was thriving on cash. Now all have to spend on software, pay to CA and keep account of all transactions both legal and illegal. Almost three fourth are from Gujarat and Rajasthan who lack in higher education and cannot understand English in GST software. The CAs are charging high fees. In addition other parties are helping them.
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