Arun Jaitley accepted the award from Manmohan Singh on behalf of the GST Council
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday for the successful introduction of the goods and services tax (GST), giving the BJP the opportunity to catch Congress on social media.
"Today GST RAAD has received a BUSINESS LINE-CHANGE MAKER OR YEAR AWARD, presented to Finance Minister Shri @arunjaitley by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Gabbar Singh Tax, Rahul Gandhi?" it tweeted, referring to the critical way the opposition party usually sees the new tax system.
Mr. Jaitley accepted the distinction of Dr. Singh on behalf of the GST Council at a glittering ceremony attended by more than 200 guests in New Delhi. The prize was divided by petitioners against section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which succeeded in obtaining a draconian law against homosexual relationships that were destroyed in a historic judgment in September.
The Congress often accused the Narendra Modi government of hastily implementing the GST in 2017, causing countless hardships for citizens and small businesses. Calling it "Gabbar Singh Tax", party chairman Rahul Gandhi wanted to say that it is as merciless for the people as the iconic villain played by the late Sholay actor Amjad Khan from 1975.
Even Dr. Singh had criticized the center for the implementation of the GST regime, followed almost closely by the demonstration initiative. "What is the net impact of demonetization and the hasty implementation of the GST? It has slowed our economic growth," he said at a Kochi rally in 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said in a demonstration that although the GST initially caused some suffering to people, they eventually began to appreciate its benefits. To emphasize how the tax rates for 1,200 to 1,250 items of daily use were reduced under the new system, he said: "Tax rates were reduced to 18% for some, 12-5% for others, and even 0% for certain items. did this after getting public feedback. "
He also said it was "unfortunate" that the opposition created such a color and cried over a new system that should transform the country.
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