New Delhi : Government think tank Niti Aayog has suggested the government to bring down import duty on gold from the existing level of 10 per cent and also slash the GST rate on the precious metal from the current 3 per cent.

It has also recommended the government to review and revamp the gold monetisation scheme and the sovereign gold bond scheme and introduce new gold savings account in banks besides setting up of a gold board and bullion exchanges across the country to have greater financialisation of the yellow metal.

In its latest report, the committee headed by Niti Aayog Principal Adviser Ratan P Watal said: “A reduction in the customs duty in the past in India has been argued to support tax compliance coupled with a significant reduction in the quantum of gold smuggled into India.

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