<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill all set to be cleared in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday, the Act’s implementation has become a serious cause of worry for the Delhi government. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia expressed concern in this regard on Tuesday, talking specifically about the increased tax rates to be decided for different commodities and services under the GST.With the motto’lower the tax rates, more the compliance’, Sisodia said the provisions and procedures of the Bill must be fixed while keeping the people of the national Capital in consideration. Stating that complexity and high rates were the biggest problems of GST, he emphasised that the Bill should be people-centric.”I have actively participated in the GST Council for the people of Delhi. We all support GST but it is important that it should be implemented properly. A local trader must be kept in mind before implementing the Bill. When we came to Delhi, our budget was Rs 32,000 crore. Today, we have reduced the tax on various items from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent. Even after that, we moved to a budget of Rs 48,000 crore this year,” Sisodia, who also holds the Finance portfolio, said.After conducting a meeting with various traders’ associations, Sisodia said taxes on essential commodities, such as medicines, footwear, paper clips, bathroom fittings, and marble, should be reconsidered.”I met traders on Tuesday and considered their point of view. I will raise these concerns in the next meeting of GST Council, scheduled for June 3. The hotel industry, optical lens manufacturers, and grocery traders, all raised concerns regarding the increased tax slab,” he said.Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, demanded that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announce compensation for Delhi’s municipal corporations, which would lose revenue after the implementation of GST.RECONSIDER TAXES ON CERTAIN PRODUCTSAfter conducting a meeting with various traders’ associations, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said taxes on essential commodities, such as medicines, footwear, paper clips and bathroom fittings, should be reconsidered.
Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta demanded that the AAP announce compensation for Delhi’s municipal corporations, which would lose revenue after the implementation of GST.
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