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GST THE ROAD AHEAD - Ministers to Sell GST as Biggest Reform Ever

July 03, 2017 07:05 AM


JCOURSTREY ul 03 2017 : The Economic Times (Mumbai)
GST THE ROAD AHEAD - Ministers to Sell GST as Biggest Reform Ever
RakeshMohan Chaturvedi
New Delhi:


TRYST WITH DESTINY AGAIN All ministers and BJP office-bearers will be fanning out across the nation and taking forward PM's messages that the `economic union' is akin to political unification of various provinces by Sardar Patel in 1947 and that `the Centre and the states have pooled their sovereignty' as all decisions were taken in unanimity
FM writes to all ministers thanking them for their "inspired cooperation"

The launch of Goods and Services Tax at midnight, the reference to the measure being Indian economy's “tryst with destiny“ and PM Narendra Modi's emphasis that this “economic union“ is akin to the political unification of various provinces by Sardar Patel in 1947 will be taken forward by all ministers and BJP office bearers when they spread out to educate the masses about the issue.
Prior to the GST launch on June 30, finance minister Arun Jaitley had written letters to all ministers thanking them for their “inspired cooperation“ in this endeavour.

Describing GST as a historic reform, Jaitley said, “It would be an understatement to say that we are on the brink of transforming the economic landscape. This journey has been eventful and remarkable and has brought out the spirit of cooperative federalism among all of us.“

He goes on to enumerate the various aspects of GST that the ministers can highlight while reaching out to the people. The ministers will be holding forth at various fora on the benefits of GST in the first week of its launch.The government has plans for educating the masses about GST in the next three months. The Centre has begun an all-out effort to reach out to the people--especially the trading community , business class, the bodies representing the section engaged in commerce and industry--to allay their fears about the new tax system.

The exercise will focus on two aspects. The first is to educate the people about the technical aspects like filing of returns, GST law and rules and so on. The government is giving equal emphasis to sell GST as “the biggest taxation reform“ since Independence and drawing comparisons with the events of 1947.

The ministers have been asked to underline in their public interaction that GST is “Indian economy's tryst with destiny“. The phrase, clearly borrowed from Jawaharlal Nehru's freedom at midnight speech, is aimed at telling the masses that after Independence this is the biggest economic reform since 1947.

The union ministers will also highlight that while political unification was done in 1947 by then home minister Sardar Patel, GST will now con G vert India into an economic union.

The ministers have also been directed to educate the people about GST being an example of cooperative federalism where “the Centre and the states have pooled their The R sovereignty“ as all decisions were taken in unanimity . “We will also talk about how this is a fight against black money and will ensure better tax compliance,“ a union minister said

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