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GST is a win-win deal for all: Arun Jaitley

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-07-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday described the goods and services tax (GST) as a “win- win” deal for all, as it will expand the tax net, end “inspector raj” and bring down prices of goods. Pitching GST as a measure beneficial for the country at a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior leaders and party MPs, Jaitley said prices of goods have come down by 4-8% since GST’s rollout on 1 July.

Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar briefed reporters about the meeting in which external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also informed parliamentarians about Modi’s recent foreign visits, especially to the US and Israel.

The GST was in the interest of people and states as well as the latter will get 80% of the revenue leading to more development, Jaitley said. There was no longer tax on tax and the transport of goods across the country was going unhindered now, he said.

More than 10 million firms will be migrating to the new tax regime against around 80 lakh companies earlier, he said, Kumar quoted him as saying. “Tax net has expanded. The country’s market has been integrated and ‘inspector raj’ is over. The tax burden on the masses has gone down. It is a win-win situation for all,” the finance minister said. BJP MPs were also asked to attend the Houses regularly.

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