Jaitley lauds GST, says transport of goods going smoothly

Jaitley lauds GST, says transport of goods going smoothly


New Delhi: Lauding Goods and Services Tax (GST) which has been implemented from July 1, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that the transport of goods across the country was going on "unhindered" now. "There is no longer a tax on tax and the transport of goods across the country is going unhindered now .... Tax net has expanded," Mr Jaitley said addressing the BJP parliamentary party here today. The meeting was attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, however did not speak today. Finance Minister said the implementation of GST has helped integrate the "country's market". "The tax burden on the masses has gone down. It is a win-win situation for all," Mr Jaitley said, according to sources in the BJP. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Jaitley told BJP MPs that more than 100 lakh firms would be migrating to the new tax regime against the existing 80 lakh companies. At the meeting, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed the BJP lawmakers about PM Modi's recent visits to the United States and Israel. She said the Prime Minister's visit to Israel was path-breaking and the kind of reception, Mr Modi got during his trip was exemplary. The BJP MPs were asked to attend the proceedings of both the Houses regularly. BJP sources said of the top 10 parties with the maximum number of MPs in the Lok Sabha, the BJP has the highest percentage of MPs who have averaged at least 80 per cent and 90 per cent attendance till the end of the last session in April. Seventy-nine percent of BJP MPs reported 80 per cent attendance compared with 56 per cent by Congress MPs. Union Minister Kumar requested the opposition parties to let Parliament function, saying the Government was ready for discussions on every issues in the both the Houses. "We hope that both the Houses of Parliament functions properly," Mr Kumar told reporters.

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