Diwali arrived a fortnight early: PM on GST tweak

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2017 09:02:38


By R.K.Misra,


Says, Government does not want business class to get caught in red-tape and hence changes were made in the GST

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness with the popular mood over the changes in the GST initiated by his Government. “Everywhere it is being said now that Diwali has come a fortnight early this year”, he added.
The Prime Minister began his two-day visit to Gujarat on Saturday with a visit to the Dwarkadheesh temple and had a string of engagements that included laying foundation stones for a bridge link between Dwarka and Bet Dwarka, an international airport at Rajkot, a public meeting at the temple town of Chotila before ending the day dedicating the IIT at Gandhinagar to the nation.

Speaking at Dwarka, Prime Minister said that his Government had made it clear at the outset, that it would study the discrepancies in the GST for the first three months and then make the required changes.
Maintaining that he does not want the business class to get caught in red-tape, the Prime Minister said based on the information the Government had, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley convinced everyone at the GST Council to make the changes.

“When policies are initiated with honest intentions and people trust their Government, there is effusive popular
support to policy initiatives and I gratefully acknowledge that support. Thank you”, he added.

The Prime Minister also announced the setting up of the country’s first and biggest marine police training institute in Devbhoomi Dwarka district of the Saurashtra region that will benefit the entire country. Coastal security upto five kms from the shoreline remains the duty of the marine police. “It is my gift to Gujarat which will benefit the entire country as policemen from all States will undergo training here”, he added.

Interestingly Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had also commenced his three-day tour of Saurashtra region of the State ten days ago from the Dwarkadheesh temple and also climbed the steps to pay obeisance at Chotila where Modi held a public meeting on Saturday.
Apparently aware of the social media campaign that has been taking potshots at the ruling party’s stress on development, Modi said that development would remain the driving force of his Government.

“We will take development to such heights that future generations will not even get to glimpse poverty. The world is looking at India, people are keen to invest in the country and this will unleash manifold opportunities”, he added.
Laying the foundation stone of an international airport at Rajkot, Modi said that after BJP came to power in 1995, it has changed the face of Gujarat. “Time was (during Congress rule) when inaugurating a hand-pump was considered development to a time now when we talk of international airports for the region.

He lashed out at the Congress whose retrogressive policies
had left big swatches of the country under developed.
“We have changed the paradigm of development and will
take the standards still higher”, he added.

On Sunday, Modi will inaugurate a Rs 500 crore Government hospital and medical college at his home town Vadnagar in north Gujarat, lay the foundation stone of a Rs 1,200 crore international Buddhist complex near Shamlaji in Aravalli district, lay the foundation stone of the Rs 3000 crore Bhadbhut barrage project and the Rs 650 crore Dahej-Ghogha ro-ro ferry service near Bharuch before leaving for Delhi from Vadodara.