‘Nirmala Sitharaman handling GST is like giving a Razor blade in Monkey's hand’: AIPCA

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Published: June 30,2022 07:14 PM
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The President of AIPC said that it seems like private hospitals are being considered as private coaching centres and this is the double whammy of the taxation design.

30 June, 2022: The All India Professionals' Congress Assam unit on Thursday slammed the Government over the faulty roll out of Grossly Scary Tax (GST) rates. President of AIPC Assam unit and Secretary of Assam Congress Gauravv Somani termed it as "Tughlaqui Farman" or a Whimical decree. 
Somani said that handling of GST affairs by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is nothing less than a monkey having a razor blade in his hands. AIPC condemned the new GST rates levied on unbranded rice and dal, various food items like curd, lassi, milk, butter, gur, pickles etc,. 
“Government talks about promoting solar and LED lights whereas new rates on LED lamps, lights, solar water heaters and their metal PCB have been increased to 18%. Budget hotel rooms below Rs 1000 per day meant for common citizens have been levied with 12% GST rates. Various regular basic needs of people are now taxed at 18% GST which is not acceptable,”  said Somani. 
“The government loot has gone to the extent that hospital services and ICU beds are also being charged under the new GST rates and its higher than that on diamonds, which were earlier completely excluded from all tax regime,” Somani pointed. 
The President of AIPC said that it seems like private hospitals are being considered as private coaching centres and this is the double whammy of the taxation design. The increased GST rates will further hit the citizens hard who are already burdened with highest ever inflation. Somani said, “it looks like the idea is to be mop up revenue now and use it for horse trading and destabilizing State governments later”.