New Delhi, July 22: Congress leader P Chidambaram, in a series of tweets, took a dig at the government for reducing Goods and Services tax (GST) rates on nearly 100 items ahead of assembly elections in four states and said holding frequent elections are beneficial for the people of the country.
The former Finance Minister also said GST continues to be “unreformed” and the government should move towards a single rate GST in the medium term.
“GST Council cuts rates on 100 items, approves quarterly returns. Belated wisdom. Why did Government not follow our advice in July 2017? When elections are around the corner, government cuts rates. I suppose that makes a good case for frequent elections in different states!” Chidamabaram tweeted by questioning that why it wasn’t done earlier and argued that simultaneous elections are not beneficial for the people.
GST Council cuts rates on 100 items, approves quarterly returns. Belated wisdom. Why did Government not follow our advice in July 2017?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) July 22, 2018
“The present GST is still ‘unreformed’. Government must notify three rates immediately and signal its intention to move to a single rate in the medium term. That will be true GST,”he added.
There are many other lacunae in the GST law. I doubt if the government has the will or the skill to remove these lacunae,” he said.