Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public gathering in Dwarka in Gujarat, said that this year the festival of Diwali had arrived early.
The Prime Minister was referring to the changes in the Goods and Services Tax by his government on Friday evening. He called the changes “some very important decisions”.
“Today, I have seen newspapers from across the country. They carry headlines that Diwali has come 15 days earlier,” said PM Modi.
He also mentioned that the changes were made because he wanted the people of Gujarat not to suffer red-tapism.
“You all must be busy preparing for Diwali, and in Gujarat, Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm, especially among businessmen…We do not want the country’s business class to get caught in red tapism, files, bureaucracy, I will never want this,” the Prime Minister said.
“(We had said)…Wherever there are problems in these three months, as in the areas of management, shortage of technology, problems related to rules, complaints regarding rates, trouble in practical experience of business class, we will address it,” he said.
He reiterated that GST actually translated into Good Simple Tax. He also added that the changes incorporated in GST on Friday made the uniform tax even ‘simpler’.
Three months after the roll-out of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council on Friday made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing of returns. The changes also eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items.
PM Modi took the opportunity in poll-bound Gujarat to to take a dig at the Congress.
“When Madhavsinh Solankiji was (Gujarat) CM, I recall front page advertisements — ‘CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank’. This is how narrow their concept of development was…We have come a long way since then and we are looking at more all-round and extensive progress,” the Prime Minister said.
He again reassured that his government’s economic measured would further India’s progress.
PM Modi arrived in poll-bound Gujarat on Saturday for a two-day visit, during which he is scheduled to inaugurate a number of projects.
(With inputs from PTI)