Pass on GST cuts to consumers, print new MRP on over 200 goods: Govt orders
Source :NewsBharati   Date :16-Nov-2017

New Delhi, November 16: Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has asked state enforcement departments to ensure that the benefits of lower GST rates are passed on to consumers. Those goods on which GST has been lowered will have to be sold at new MRP. The move comes following the Nov 10 meet of the GST Council.

The Union Minister said, a mechanism has been put in place to monitor changes in maximum retail price on a daily basis. He said, companies will be required to paste stickers of MRP with new GST rates on products which are ready for retailing. The Central Revenue department has already issued relevant notifications to effect the GST rate changes from yesterday. 

Items on which tax rate has been cut from 28 percent to 18 percent include chewing gum, chocolates, coffee, custard powder, marble and granite, dental hygiene products, polishes and creams, sanitary ware, leather clothing, artificial fur, wigs, cookers, stoves, after-shave, deodorant, detergent and washing power, razors and blades, cutlery, storage water heater, batteries, goggles, wrist watches and mattress are among the products on which tax rate has been cut from 28 per cent to 18 per cent.

The top tax rate is now restricted to luxury and demerit goods like pan masala, aerated water and beverages, cigars and cigarettes, tobacco products, cement, paints, perfumes, ACs, dish washing machine, washing machine, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, cars and two-wheelers, aircraft and yacht.

Other items on which tax rate has been cut from 28 per cent to 18 per cent include wire and cables, furniture, mattress, trunk, suitcase, detergents, shampoos, hair cream, hair dyes, make up, fans, lamp, rubber tubes and microscope.

Tax rate on condensed mil, refined sugar, pasta curry paste, diabetic food, medicial grade oxygen, printing ink, hand bags, hats, spectacles frame and bamboo/cane furniture has also been cut from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.

That on puffed rice chikki, flour of potatoes, chutney power, fly sulphur recovered in refining crude and fly ash to 6 per cent from 18 per cent.

Guar meal, hop cone, certain dried vegetables, unworked coconut shell and fish would attract nil GST tax as against 5 per cent now.

Tax on idli dosa batter, finished leather, coir, fishing net, worn clothing and desiccated coconut has been cut to 5 per cent from 12 per cent.