Mudda panel agrees that overall burden of taxes will reduce

The government is set to roll out GST from July 1. A total of 1,211 items have been put in four tax brackets of 5%, 12%, 19% and 28%. Several daily use items such as foodgrain and milk have been excluded. However, certain glitches in GST remain which have to be sorted out. Questions are also being raised about the required machinery to implement GST.

Friday’s edition of MuddaAPN’s daily current affairs talk show, looked at the issue and was anchored by Akshay and participated in by BJP leader Baleshwar Tyagi, Congress leader Surendra Rajput, BSP leader Umed Singh and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.

Raju opened the discussion by pointing out that it is not very clear what is actually going to happen. However, if it is implemented properly, it would help to bring the tax rates down overall. It would introduce more clarity in business transactions and would decrease the scope for corruption. He commented that “it should have been in place much before” and the BJP should be credited with bringing about consensus.

Rajput rejoined that “it was the Congress which first brought the GST into parliament”. However, he congratulated the BJP on finally implementing it. He also mentioned that customs and excise inspectors will be enabled to examine small businesses’ accounts. But, it can also bring in “inspector raj” and “tax terrorism”. He also said that “PM Modi who is emphasising GST so much once opposed it vehemently”.

Singh said that the “BJP proposes many good things but rarely converts it into actual practice”. He said that, overall, GST is a good thing but it should come into implementation properly and the poor should not suffer as a result of it.

Tyagi concluded by mentioning that “GST will come into effect after consensus of all other political parties”. Overall, the tax rates will reduce and no inspector raj will take place, he stated.

The second part of Mudda was based on the detoriating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh as CM Yogi Adityanath completes two months in office. Though the BJP government came to power by vowing to improve law and order, till now it has not achieved much success. Former Uttar Pradesh DGP Anand Lal Banerjee joined the panel at this point.

Tyagi mentioned that there is a wave of change in Uttar Pradesh. We have “inherited a state with such poor law and order”, he said, “that it will take some time to bring it out of its miserable condition.” Nowadays “everyone wants an immediate solution”, he said, which is not possible. Adityanath has promised to punish criminals and this will take place over time, he said.

Rajput quipped that if “the BJP makes promises which cannot be transformed into reality, questions by the media will arise and it is liable to answer.” They should not have made these promises in the first instance, he said.

Singh also emphasised that false promises are being made as a result of which people are getting angry over the performance of the government.

Banerjee said that capable officers are present in the force, and, given some time, they would tackle all these problems. The police force is very efficient, he assured.

Raju pointed out that “the government’s seriousness to deal with the problems cannot be seen, also it lacks in experience, as a result of which it is not able to maintain proper law and order.”

Compiled by Ratnadeep Choudhary