- GST imposed on many things from 18th July
- Earlier these items were out of GST
- The government gave the answer during a question in the Rajya Sabha
News: The opposition was constantly attacking the government after the imposition of GST on items of daily use like milk, flour, curd and cereals. Common citizens had also protested this move of the central government. There was tremendous anger on social media. Now a question related to this has been answered by the Union Minister of State for Finance, Pankaj Choudhary in the Rajya Sabha.
The government said in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that the decision to levy Goods and Services Tax (GST) on various items including cereals, curd, lassi was taken unanimously by the Group of Finance Ministers of various states, GoM. Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Choudhary said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha that, “In the 45th meeting of the GST Council held in Lucknow, it was decided to form a Group of Ministers (GoM) from different states.” He said that the GoM included ministers from states like Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal. He said that this GoM takes decisions unanimously.
Question asked by Sushil Modi in Rajya Sabha
Earlier, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi had questioned whether in the recent meeting in which it was decided to impose GST on cereals, curd, lassi etc., whether Delhi ruled by opposition parties, Ministers from states like Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal were present. He also asked whether these states had opposed or disagreed with the imposition of GST on these items in the meeting. Choudhary said the decision was taken only with the approval of the people involved in the decision making group.
Considering bringing petrol and diesel under GST
Responding to a question on the implementation of uniform GST on petroleum products under the principle of one country, one price, he said that such decisions are taken by the GST Council and this proposal had come in it. The Minister of State for Finance said that the proposal to bring petroleum products under the purview of GST is currently being considered.
Significantly, after the recommendation of the GST Council, the central government imposed 5% GST on common use items like curd, paneer, jaggery, sugar, honey, lassi, rice, flour, and bread. Earlier all these products were kept out of GST.
Latest India News
For more news stay tuned to INTV News.