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Govt failed to address structural issues in GST: Congress

Govt failed to address structural issues in GST: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) The Congress on Saturday accused the National Democratic Alliance government of failing to address the structural issues of Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform. Addressing a press conference here, party spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said though some relief had been provided by the government through measures announced on Friday, they were interim ones and meant for certain sections only. "We welcome the interim relief... The government has utterly failed to address structural issues of GST reform through fair and transparent consultations," Mr Surjewala said. Accusing the government of messing up the conception of GST and its implementation, he said the "One Nation, One Tax" has become "One Nation, Seven Taxes" or more. "Indian GST rate is now the highest in the entire world. Even the Chief Economic Adviser to this government had recommended the GST rate of 15 per cent to 15.25 per cent as the revenue neutral rate," he said. He said the government has still not laid down any road map for bringing petroleum products, electricity and real estate within the ambit of GST. The Congress spokesman also accused the government of putting massive taxes on goods of mass consumption. Facing severe criticism over the implementation of GST, the government on Friday announced a slew of measures to ease the concerns of traders, exporters and small business while slashing the rates on 27 items of common consumption. Among the structural or design issues is the decision to exclude major fossil fuels (petrol/ gasoline, diesel, ATF, natural gas and crude petroleum) and electricity from the GST which could lead to substantial cascading of taxes. This is feared to affect the competitiveness of domestic industries in the international market. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has demanded that the government make five changes to the GST structure, including bringing petrol and diesel under the tax regime. UNI JPG SRJ 1619

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Parties urge Monitoring Committee to stop sealing till SC’s judgement

21 Mar 2018 | 4:09 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (UNI) Representatives of the COngress, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi party, led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday urged the Supreme court led monitoring committee to stop sealing till the apex court judgement on the issue.

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21 Mar 2018 | 4:07 PM

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President, PM wish people on Parsi New Year's Day

President, PM wish people on Parsi New Year's Day

21 Mar 2018 | 4:04 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the Parsi community on their New Year's Day - Navroz.

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Kerala BJP seeks Centre's intervention in 'Vayalkkili' protest

21 Mar 2018 | 3:57 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (UNI) The BJP on Wednesday decided to support the protests against controversial land acquisition for a bypass in a National Highway in Keezhattoor, Kannur, Kerala.

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Sushma meets UAE Minister, discusses bilateral issues

Sushma meets UAE Minister, discusses bilateral issues

21 Mar 2018 | 3:38 PM

New Delhi, Mar 21 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday met with UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Anwar Gargash and both the leaders held talks to boost bilateral ties.

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