Narendra Modi’s Mann ki baat address: PM calls GST an ‘unprecedented feat’, asks citizens to ‘Quit Communalism’

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New Delhi : Calling the Goods and Services Tax (GST) an unprecedented feat in India’s economic history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 34th Mann ki baat address on Sunday said that the implementation of the new indirect tax system has brought positive changes in the economy.
Lauding all stakeholders including citizens, government officials and state governments for the smooth transition to GST, Modi said, “I extend my heartiest felicitations to each & every ministry, every dept. and all employees of central and state governments.”
“GST is more than just a tax reform as it also ushers in a new culture. GST rollout is an example of cooperative federalism as states are partners in the decision making process,” Modi added while talking about the benefits of the tax system which came into effect on 1 July.
The prime minister added that the successful implementation of the GST will be studied by top economists of the world one day, claiming that the implementation of such a tax regime in a vast country like India is testimony to its success story.
“GST is a fine example of the collective strength of the people of India. This is a historic achievement as it will not usher in economic prosperity but also effect change in India’s social fabric,” Modi said. Modi said that he received letters from the countrymen and felt “very happy and satisfied when a poor person writes to say how because of GST prices of various items essential for him have come down, and commodities have become cheaper”.

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