Congress slams Centre over proposal of rate
rationalisation under the GST regime
The Congress on Sunday hit out the Centre over a
reported proposal of rate rationalisation under the GST
regime to bolster revenues, alleging that the government
was acting in a "deceitful, dubious and dissembling"
manner with the people, especially the middle class. The
attack by the Congress came over a media report which
said that as part of a proposed rate rationalisation
under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime to bolster
revenues, the GST Council, the governing body for the
indirect tax regime, has sought views of states for
hiking rates on 143 items.
Of these 143 items, 92 per cent are proposed to be
shifted from the 18 per cent tax slab to the top 28 per
cent slab, the report said.
Hitting out at the
government over the issue, Congress spokesperson
Abhishek Manu Singhvi said something like this hits the
common man who is crushed and it hits the middle class
which is frequently forgotten by everyone.
"Don't forget these are 92
per cent of a large list of 143 items and these items
include jaggery, 'pappad', handbags, suitcases, colour
TV sets below 32 inches, walnuts, chewing gum,
chocolates and custard powder. I do not see any method
in the madness. I dont see any logic and rationale to
jump these into the highest categories," the Congress
"You have to see these
issues contextually, you are hopefully towards the end
of Covid but you are recovering from Covid. You cannot
forget Covid... You have hit them (people) left, right
and centre with 14.5 per cent WPI (Wholesale Price
Inflation), you have hit them with even worse 7.5 per
cent retail price inflation. Now you are hitting them in
the solar plexus with GST proposal to increase 120-125
items to a 28 per cent GST slab," Singhvi said.
This government is all about "treacherous, tricky and
terrible" and it is "deceitful, dubious and
dissembling", he alleged.
The government have no concern and care for the truth,
consistency, honesty and straight-forwardness, Singhvi said.
"We condemn such duplicitous behaviour most importantly
with the common man," he said.
Source:::THE ECONOMIC TIMES,