Mann ki Baat: PM Modi hails GST as ‘celebration of honesty’

A week ahead of the completion of one year of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the taxation scheme as a “celebration of honesty.”

Addressing the nation in the 45th edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, Prime Minister Modi said the introduction of the GST has eliminated the concept of “Inspector Raj” mindset in tax payment.

“A number of complaints were lodged in the past years regarding irregularities in taxation. However, with the GST in place, there is no scope for the same, as everything is technologically processed,” he added.

Another advantage, Prime Minister Modi highlighted, is the elimination of check posts, which has facilitated faster movement of goods.

The GST was rolled out in July last year, after months of deliberation.
Launched on the midnight on June 30 by Prime Minister Modi and the then President Pranab Mukherjee, the taxation scheme aimed at bringing all taxes into a single window along the lines of the ‘One Nation – One Tax – One Market’ goal.

However, the GST has been criticised time and again by the Opposition for its negative impact on small traders and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

He also spoke of the uniqueness of the fourth edition of International Yoga Day, which was held on June 21. “On one side, Saudi Arabia demonstration was led by women and on the other side, Indian and Chinese troops jointly organised yoga in Ladakh. This is proof that yoga goes beyond boundaries and forms a bond with society,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi praised doctors and medical professionals for their contribution to nation’s development. “It is the mother who gives birth but often it is the doctor who bestows people with a rebirth,” remarked PM Modi.

PM Modi also hailed the contributions of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of the BJP, saying that his dream of a united India should never be forgotten. “He dreamt of an India that was industrially self-reliant, efficient and prosperous,” the PM said.

While speaking of GST, the PM said that it was the celebration of honesty. “GST has eliminated the Inspector Raj, as everything is handled online,” he said.