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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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20 Oct 2017 | 6:18 PM
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20 Oct 2017 | 5:29 PM
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20 Oct 2017 | 8:19 PM
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20 Oct 2017 | 8:21 PM
RS issues notices to Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar Ansari

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20 Oct 2017 | 8:50 PM
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20 Oct 2017 | 7:41 PM
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20 Oct 2017 | 7:22 PM
RS issues notices to Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar Ansari

RS issues notices to Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar Ansari

20 Oct 2017 | 8:50 PM

New Delhi, Oct 20 (UNI) The Rajya Sabha secretariat has issued notices to rebel Janata Dal (United) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari , asking them to appear before Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on October 30 to present their case in the petition from leader of the party in the House Ram Chandra Prasad Singh seeking their disqualification.

Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul

Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul

20 Oct 2017 | 9:22 PM

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Oct 20 (Reuters) A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday night, a security official said, the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority.

Sukh Ram says money recovered from his Mandi house belonged to Congress

20 Oct 2017 | 9:20 PM

Mandi, Oct 20 (UNI) In a frontal attack on chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday, former Union Minister Sukh Ram, who recently joined BJP along with his son Anil Sharma, disclosed that the money recovered from his Mandi residence during a CBI raid, had been handed over to him by the then AICC treasurer Sitaram Kesari under a conspiracy hatched by Virbhadra Singh.

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