In a significant move, with the aim of achieving One Nation – One Tax – One Market goal, the Goods and Services Tax (GST), one of the sweeping taxation reforms since Independence, was rolled out at midnight on Saturday. In a special midnight session in the Central Hall of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed the button to mark the beginning of a new tax era.
Addressing the joint session PM Modi said GST will be “not only a tax reform but an economic and social reform as well” that will unify the nation, “check corruption and end harassment at hands of officers”. President Mukherjee called the GST a “disruptive change”, a consensus between the Centre and states, an effort “from persons across the political spectrum who set aside narrow partisan considerations and put the nation’s interests first”.
There seems to be quite a lot of displeasure among Opposition parties and while the Congress and Left stayed away from the session, some parties like the JD(U), JD (S), SP, BSP and NCP broke ranks to attend the event.
“This system is going to be most relevant for the poor,” PM Modi said its implementation will help in cutting down corruption and eliminating black money from the economy, bur people seem to be little lost. GST has been creating a lot of buzzes, and naturally became of the dominant trends on Twitter when finally it was implemented. While the government has been trying their best to explain to explain the reform, most people are just confused what it meant for them. And soon memes and jokes started flooding the micro-blogging site.
Check out some of the funny reactions here:
— 007 (@James_Beyond) July 1, 2017
Bolega yeh.. gaali mujhe milegi. 😒 pic.twitter.com/yKqNApVCKW
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 31, 2016
GST = Ghanta Samajh-aaya Tax
— Gabru Tippler (@MrTippler) June 30, 2017
— डी.के. (@itsdhruvism) June 30, 2017
— Aficionado Babu 🔥 (@GaurangBhardwa1) June 30, 2017
Ye GST kya hai??
— जिज्ञासा (@imcurious__) June 30, 2017
— मार्क वाह! #GST (@MarkWaah) June 30, 2017
— Phd in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) June 30, 2017
Pic1: #GST for BJP
— Akshay Jain (@AkshayKatariyaa) July 1, 2017
— Zoombada… (@zoomphatak) July 1, 2017
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) June 30, 2017
Friend : what is GST?
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) June 30, 2017
— Mask (@Mr_LoLwa) June 30, 2017
— Sagnik Misra (@Sangy_Sagnik) June 30, 2017
— Virendra sehwag (@Supermanbita) July 1, 2017
#GST is new “Katappa ne Bahubali ko kyo maara?”😂
— Chicken Biryanii (@ChickenBiryanii) June 28, 2017
Asked dad what is this #GST and how will it impact us ? Dad told me “You don’t have to worry. It is only for those who have money to spend”
Me: GST aa gya
— Mojo (@Singhlicious) June 30, 2017