In response to price increases and the GST controversy, Congress plans to criticize the BJP-led national government.
On Tuesday in Parliament, Congress will protest the recent increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates, and party leader Rahul Gandhi is expected to be there.
Congress Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said on Monday that they would protest at the Gandhi monument and within and outside the House when addressing journalists against the GST increase.
“Tomorrow, we’ll resist it, demonstrating outside the House, inside, and at the Gandhi monument. We have urged all parties to oppose price increases, GST increases, “Mr Kharge remarked.
Binoy Viswam, a member of parliament for the Communist Party of India (CPI), also criticized the Central government for changing the GST rates and vowed to resist the increase, calling it “totally anti-people.”
Mr Viswam said, “The GST increase is blatantly anti-people; we will resist it.”
Rahul Gandhi attacked the BJP earlier on Monday and released a Twitter graph showing how goods like curd, paneer, rice, wheat, barley, jaggery, and honey are now taxed. Before, there was no tax on these widely used commodities.
“High taxes, unemployment What was once one of the world’s fastest-growing economies were destroyed by the BJP’s lesson on how to do it “, added he.
The Goods and Services Tax rate recommendations announced at the 47th GST Council meeting in June became effective on Monday.
When branded and packed in a unit container, pre-packaged and marked pulses and cereals, including rice, wheat, and flour (atta), will longer be subject to a 5% GST; however, curd, lassi, and puffed rice will still be subject to a 5% tax.
When pre-packaged and clearly labelled, other commodities, including curd, lassi, and puffed rice, would also be subject to GST at 5%.
The 47th GST Council meeting, which just conducted in Chandigarh, decided to increase the GST on these commodities.
Additionally, a single package of these products (cereals, pulses, and flour) comprising more than 25 kg or 25 litres would not be considered a pre-packaged and labelled commodity for GST purposes and would not be subject to GST.
Printing, writing, or drawing ink, knives with cutting blades, paper knives, pencil sharpeners and blades, spoons, forks, ladles, skimmers, and cake servers are other products that will cost more. Now, instead of attracting 12%, these products would draw 18%.
Solar water heaters and LED lighting are also subject to an 18% tax.
Additionally, Tetra Pack (or aseptic packaging paper) used to package dairy goods, or liquid drinks will now be subject to 18% GST rather than the previous 12%. Cut and polished diamonds will now be taxed at a rate of 1.5% rather than the last 0.25%.
Additionally, hotel prices up to 1,000 per day will now be subject to a 13% tax,
On the other hand, the tariff on products and persons transported by ropeways would drop from 18% to 5%.
Renting a truck or goods carriage when the cost of gasoline is included will be less expensive since the tax has been lowered to 12% from 18%.