Need to Call Govt’s Bluff on GST: Nath

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Se­nior Congress leader and for­mer union min­is­ter Ka­mal Nath has ques­tioned the po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment an­dad­min­is­tra­tivepre­pared­nes­sof theNDA­gov­ern­mentto push the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) Bill through in Par­lia­ment. Main­tain­ing that the Cen­tre, even nearly two years af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice, has not put in place the re­quired in­fras­truc­ture frame­work, in­clud­ing a cred­i­ble IT plat­form, for the GST roll­out, Nath said it was time to “call the govern­ment’s bluff ”. He added, GSThas­be­come,forthe­gov­ern­ment, “a plank for in­dulging in po­lit­i­cal blame game.”

“It is well known the Congress has put­for­wardthree­con­di­tions­for­back­ing the GST Bill. Of th­ese, even the govern­ment has in prin­ci­ple agreed on two — on the need to scrap the pro­posed one per cent in­ter-state tax and about re­vamp­ing the pro­posed GST coun­cil to make the dis­pute-set­tling mech­a­nism more cred­i­ble. So, the only re­main­ing dif­fer­ence is about fix­ing a GST cap on the leg­is­la­tion, which the govern­ment says it can’t ac­cept.If so,why­has­the­gov­ern­ment failed to come out to the Op­po­si­tion with a sin­gle cred­i­ble al­ter­na­tive sug­ges­tion to end the dead­lock...,” Nath told ET. Adding, “It shows the govern­ment has lost the will to pur­sue the GST Bill.”

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