A GOOD BEGINNING

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Aug 2017 12:25:26


A good beginning has been made with the Government collecting whopping Rs 42,000 crore as taxes in the first monthly filing of Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns. This is as per the expectations of the Government. The revenues are expected to go up at the end of the extended deadline of August 25.

The response to the GST regime has been encouraging, though there were some teething problems like crashing of the website just a day before the last date of August 20 for filing of the returns. Teething problems are bound to occur whenever a new system is introduced.

The benefits of the GST would be visible when things settle down and the confusion in the minds of traders is removed. The Government is making efforts to streamline the process of filing returns and to remove doubts in the minds of the people through an ad campaign. As awareness increases, it will help in removing misconception about the GST. If the revenue grows because of the GST regime, it will ultimately benefit the people as the Government will have more funds to spend.

PAK CORNERED

DONALD Trump, the President of the United States, has once again hit the nail on its head by terming Pakistan as a provider of safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.

This is yet another indictment of Pakistan, which India had been telling the world for so many years. While unveiling the US’ new strategy for Afghanistan, Trump has also sought more role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan.

Since taking over at the US President Trump has always seen India as a strategic partner in trade, economy, military and peace processes in South Asia. Trump has clearly ruled out hasty withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. This tilts the balance hugely in favour of India. Under Narendra Modi’s leadership, India has opened up the doors for a sustainable partnership with Afghanistan.

Trump has told Pakistan it would stand to lose much by continuing to harbour terrorists. With US firmly by its side, India has got a major shot in the arm while dealing against all the two-and-half fronts -- Pakistan, China and the terror groups.