Laborers push a handcart laden with boxes near Crawford Market in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

GST Rate Cuts ‘Too Little, Too Late’, Says Congress

The Congress party termed the reduction in Goods and Services Tax rates as “too little, too late” and said a lot more needs to be done to address concerns of people under the new tax reform measure.

“Too little, too late. Procedural reliefs will not compensate for messing with the basic architecture of GST by Modi government,” said Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala.

Huge opportunity of adding 2 percent to India’s GDP squandered away by GST mess and subsequent half baked rollbacks by panic stricken Modi government.
Randeep Surjewala, Communications Head, Congress Party

Commenting on the GST Council’s decisions in a series of tweets, Surjewala said, “Wish that the Prime Minister/Finance Minister could remove blinkers of arrogance to listen to the sane counsel of Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram.”

The party said reduction in number of slabs and complexity of GST regime are yet to be addressed and these are critical for economy’s long term health.

Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal said, “I feel pained when someone tells you the truth, you say pessimism is being spread. We want that all the people of the country to get proper sleep but that is not happening.”