New Delhi, June 20: One of the biggest benefits the northeast will get through Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the elimination of bribery and corruption and check the role of toll post, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh said.
While addressing a meeting to discuss the various aspects of GST rollout with the officials of the Ministry of DoNER and Delhi-based Resident Commissioners of eight North-Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh said that GST will bring down tax on several goods and contrary to a perception held in certain quarters, the rollout of GST from 1st of July will bring a huge relief to the poor and lower middle class by resulting in a tax rate lower than the present tax rate.
Dr Jitendra Singh also disclosed that a wide range of items including milk powder, curd, lassi, buttermilk, cheese, spices, tea, wheat, rice, flower, soybean oil, mustard oil, palmyra jaggery, mineral water, ice, coal, domestic LPG, tooth paste/tooth powder, soap as well as medical items like Insulin, X-ray films and spectacle lenses/glasses will actually have a lower tax rate after July 1st, following the GST roll-out as compared to the tax which is being currently imposed on these items.
Further he explained that in case of some items, where visibly it appears that the tax rate has gone higher, the matter of the fact is that earlier, these items had embedded taxes which were not visible even though the overall tax range amounted almost to the same. On the other hand, there are also certain goods where GST imposes ‘zero’ tax, he said.
Taking cognizance of the Internet-connectivity issues in Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh said that a number of easier options are being worked out and reminded that the Internet connectivity is required only at the time of registration or logging-in. Dr Jitendra Singh also disclosed that a 2-day training programme for the Northeast officials is being conducted on regular basis at Shillong and on similar lines, an identical programme like is also being currently carried out at Faridabad.