Saturday, September 17, 2016

Govt working hard to implement GST from April 1: Cabinet Secretary

Terming GST reform as a “game changer”, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha today said the government is working “overtime” to implement the indirect tax regime from April 1 next year.

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2016, for introduction of the GST in the country was accorded assent by the President on September 8 and the same has been notified as the Constitution (101st Amendment) Act, 2016.

“GST is the biggest game changer. But it is also a challenge. We are working overtime to make it happen from April 1, 2017,” Sinha said at the Chief Secretaries’ Conclave organised by industry chamber PHDCCI here.

Government wants to implement the tax reform from April 1 next year so as to ensure a smooth roll-over to the changed tax structure from the beginning of the new fiscal and to avoid mid-year alterations.
Sinha assured the gathering that the GST and other path breaking reforms that the government has committed to the people will be implemented as promised.

"A silent revolution is happening and despite teething problems, India would move on to accomplish the objectives and targets set by the government in all sectors of economic activity with the increased participation of all stakeholders to further improve the spirit of governance," he said.

The infrastructure sector — roads, civil aviation, energy, conventional and non-conventional, power, petroleum and railways — have improved their performance in line with targets, he said, adding the civil aviation sector has begun to grow at the rate of 20 per cent, posing a serious challenge to the railways in terms of traffic.

Speaking at another session in the conclave, CEO of the Niti Aayog Amitabh Kant said: “We are trying to build a spirit of competition on ease of doing business among states.”

States are now competing among themselves to attract investors and this is a positive sign, he added.
He said the government is focused on innovation and trying to make India an easy simple place to do business.

The government has taken various steps to facilitate further improvement, including bringing in the bankruptcy law, e-biz platform for a single channel of approvals and a national company law tribunal, he added.

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