Massive support for very, very simple GST:  Naidu

Chennai : Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said there was “massive support” for the “very very simple” Goods and Services Tax (GST) and assured that any doubts on the new taxation regime could be addressed.

“There is massive support for GST and people are happy,” the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said at a GST meet here.

“Because the other day (US President) Donald Trump acknowledged it and told (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi you are taking the country on the right path with regard to the economy,” Naidu said. On demands from certain quarters to lower the rates, the minister said, “Nothing is perfect, nothing is final. Definitely we can make changes,” he said.

He pointed out that the 18th meeting of the GST Council had lowered the tax rate on fertilisers, revising the rate arrived upon at its previous meeting. “There is problem for regional cinema, Tamil Nadu also agitated, there are problems for textile and beedi (industries). Everybody will be asking for lower slabs,” he said. But these things were not unsurmountable and could be discussed and disposed of by the GST council ‘which is dynamic’ and which would meet from time to time, he said, adding, that doubts on GST were also being addressed.

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