Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 May 2018 12:47:00










THE mopping up of Rs 1.03 lakh crore in Goods and Service Tax (GST) collection in the month of April finally confirms the stabilisation of the new indirect tax regime and also a clear indication of exceeding compliance by the traders’ community. Since its roll-out in July last year, taxpayers in India had been wrestling with the new format that had changed the very structure of tax collection. The new regime had come immediately after demonetisation and it was obvious that people would take their time to come to terms with the double change in economy. Now, with tax collections exceeding target figures it should allay the fears of the naysayers, who had criticised the GST after its roll-out. Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has termed the bumper collection as a landmark achievement which confirms increased economic activity. The redline had already been crossed in the last quarter with collection of over Rs 92,000 crore. April’s collection only reiterates the positive change in economic climate in the country, paving way for further thrust to developmental projects.


THE Supreme Court has taken a much needed initiative in asking High Courts to fast-track trial of sexual assault cases involving children. The slew of directions that the apex court has issued to High Courts and trial courts showed the urgency the Supreme Court attaches to speedy disposal of sexual assault cases involving children. The issue assumed urgency because there have been a spate of such cases lately when children were brutalised and even mercilessly murdered by sex maniacs. There has been a countrywide outrage over the bizarre phenomenon that the Indian society has been witnessing lately, necessitating the Government to promulgate stringent legal measures and even issue an ordinance to deal with the situation arising out of unprecedented upsurge of such cases in the recent past. Hence it was only appropriate that the Supreme Court laid stress on speedy disposal of cases under the recently promulgated law, named Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. Only speedy trial will meet the end of justice. That is need of the day.