GST Is Officially Launched Pan-India; Will India’s Midnight Tryst With Economic Destiny Bear Fruits?

GST Is Live Across India
GST Is Live Across India

At the stroke of midnight, Goods and Services Tax (GST) was officially launched at the Parliament’s historic Central Hall, by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the 4th time that a special session was held inside Parliament’s Central Hall at midnight – the rest three were held for celebrating India’s independence.

This way, July 1st has become a historical day in the annals of history, because from today, there would be one tax, across one nation.

Main opposition party, Congress, decided to boycott the launch ceremony, even as the event was attended by almost every other national and regional political party.

PM Modi compared Bhagwat Gita’s 18 chapters with 18 chapters of GST, as he said, “At midnight, we will together decide the course of the future of this country”

Besides, PM Modi said that the implementation of GST is not one party’s achievement, but a collective effort from every political party.

GST has been hailed as India’s biggest tax reform since Independence, and is expected to  push India’s GDP by 4%, which is Rs 6 lakh crore.

Mixed Reaction From the Shoppers, Consumers

The roll out of GST invoked mixed reactions from the industry, traders and consumers.

While shoppers, who had enjoyed special GST sales since last few days (retailers were pushing out existing stocks), they are now concerned that GST will jack up prices of several commodities.

Overall, the general consensus is that, monthly budget of households will increase, albeit for next 6 months at a minimum.

An architect from Mumbai said, “Overall there will be some escalations in costs. Everything will become more expensive. There will be very few basic things that will become cheaper,”

Whereas some are still confused as to what exactly will happen.

Another shopper from Mumbai said, “I am not really sure what will happen… There are so many different news reports on social media about the prices of various goods—some will increase, some will decrease. but we will know the reality only on 1 July,”

Traders Protest Continues, Industry Is Divided?

Although the stock exchange closed 64 points up before the end of day on Friday, the industry was clearly divided on this issue.

‘Bharat Bandh’ strike announced by some trade unions across India is still continuing,

In a statement, Chamber of Trade and Industry (a trade body from Delhi) said. “On Friday, representatives of prominent trade unions from across the city will hold a protest at the Kashmere Gate market,”

This trade body, allegedly backed by Congress, has claimed support from 40 trade unions present in Delhi alone, which includes traders from Chandni Chowk cloth market association, the Tank Road association from Karol Bagh, the Commuter Traders’ Association from Nehru Place, the Delhi Marble Association, and the Footwear Association of Ballimaran.

In Kanpur, traders stopped few trains in protest of GST, whereas in PM Modi’s home state, Gujarat, textile manufacturers and traders are in the midst of 3-day strike against GST.

Although companies like Raymond Limited, Aditya Birla Group and Arvind Limited from Gujarat has supported GST, it is small traders and businesses across India, which are concerned about the new tax regime.

The main effects of GST will be visible from Monday, when the markets open up, encounter GST heads-on.

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  1. Mud says

    …..OK, so can someone tell me this (Trak being a site about the *net* n all, after all…) – after GST, will the same thing NECESSARILY be cheaper online than physical?? THAT’S what we all want…..?

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Online and offline will not really matter. The price changes due to GST will be more to do with the product category rather than whether it is sold offline or online!

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