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Jaitley asks industry to pass on GST benefits to consumers
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley interacting with trade representatives on GST in Delhi. Revenue secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia and chief economic adviser Dr Arvind Subramanian are also seen. Courtesy: PIB
Finance minister Arun Jaitley interacting with trade representatives on GST in Delhi. Revenue secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia and chief economic adviser Dr Arvind Subramanian are also seen. Courtesy: PIB
Union minister of finance Arun Jaitley has asked the representatives of trade and industry to ensure that all benefits arising due to the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1 are passed on to the consumers in a transparent manner. Jaitley had held a meeting with trade and industry representatives on the eve of GST rollout in Delhi.

Making his opening remarks at the meeting, the finance minister said that overall incidence of tax after implementation of GST will be less especially in case of the consumer goods than the present incidence of tax, therefore, it is imperative on part of the trade and industry to pass on these benefits to the consumers at large.

Jaitley further said that a large number of traders have registered themselves and the GST Network and other official machinery is fully ready for smooth roll-out of GST from July 1, 2017. He said that he is sure that GST will not have any inflationary impact. He asked the representatives of trade and industry to inform, educate and explain to their distributors, retailers and consumers at large about the positive impact of GST especially on the price front.

The representatives of trade and industry on the other hand congratulated the government for their bold initiative by bringing historical indirect tax reform which will help not only consumers but also boost the prospects of growth of Indian economy. They assured the government that benefit of price reduction would be passed on to consumers. They also put forward their concerns and asked the government to issue certain clarifications to remove any doubt or confusion among the traders.

The meeting was attended among others by the revenue secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia; secretary, food and public distribution Preeti Sudan; JP Prakash, secretary, pharma; chief economic adviser Dr Arvind Subramnian; and chairperson, CBEC Vanaja N Sarna among others. From the trade and industry side, the meeting was attended by representatives from CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, NARED etc along with trade and industry representatives of specific sectors. (KD)

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