The Minister for Transport Mauvin Godinho, on Sunday, said that the central government needs to check GST evasion across the country.
Godinho was speaking to the media on Sunday on the sidelines of Dandia Garba Dance Workshop, organised by Dabolim Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha at Keshav Smruti High School Hall at Dabolim.
The BJP state unit Mahila Morcha president Sulakshana Sawant, Dabolim BJP Mahila Morcha president Anita Thorat, Dabolim BJP Mandal vice president Sandip Sood, Chicalim sarpanch Sebastiao Pereira, deputy sarpanch Kamla Prasad Yadav, Laxman Kavlekar, Marie Mascarenhas and others were present on the occasion.
“Even if half of the GST evasion is checked, more income would be generated every month in form GST revenue. And, the tax regime would auger well for the country, and it will enable to have rationalization of the rates which we hope to do in the near future,” said Godinho, who is also a GST council member.
He said that all decisions taken at the 37th GST Council meeting held in Goa for the first time have been arrived at by consensus.
“It was a significant meeting due to the big-bang announcement made by the Union Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman – lowering of corporate tax, and slew of other measures, which the entire business community all over the country has welcomed in a big way,” he said
He further said that in fact, the GST Council meeting held in Goa is a second bigger and meaningful economic opening for getting new investments for growth, and existing firms to expand and to get direct foreign investments, after the meeting held in1991.
He also said that come 2025, and we will be a five trillion economy, looking at the world scenario, the trade war between China and America. He also said that GST Council understood the plight of the poor fishermen, and it is only from October 1 that 5 per cent tax will be applicable to them and all the previous dues from the fishermen will not be recovered.
Speaking on the occasion, the BJP state unit Mahila Morcha president Sawant emphasized that “women should be made economically sound by providing them with vocational training.”
The function was compered by Thorat.