The introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the government of India was miserably mishandled. No doubt the matter was discussed in Parliament and state assemblies nod was also obtained but the amendments proposed by the Congress and other opposition parties were rejected in a haphazard manner and the Bill was passed hastily. Hence the opposition by the Congress and other political parties. The GST council has reviewed the rates many a times but still a large number of traders are finding it irksome and opposing the tax. The Telangana government insisted to reduce the tax on the cost of projects taken up by the state and the rate was cut but the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is not satisfied with the reduction allowed by the GST council. Some states are opposing it vehemently. The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee dubbed the tax as ‘Great Selfish Tax’. The difficulty with the Modi government is that it is least bothered about the objections raised by the opposition. The need to review the rates of GST is evident from the opinion by none other but the revenue secretary of the government of India Hasmukh Adhia who said that some overhaul of GST rates is needed to reduce the burden on small and medium businesses and the common man.
The other flaw is that awareness has not been created among the people who are to pay the tax. This resulted in malpractices by some businessmen. Recent reports say that shopkeepers are trying to encash from the ignorance of consumers. Even as product is under zero per cent GST slab, shopkeepers are extracting 18 per cent on it. According to press reports on November 9, within ten days more than 4000 complaints were received by the Telangana government that consumers were being taken for a ride by businessmen. The government of India should take all steps to create awareness among people about different slabs and goods charged under them.