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English rendering of the Preliminary text of PM’s address at the launch Goods & Service Tax from Central Hall of Parliament

Goods and Services Tax - GST - Dated:- 1-7-2017 - Honourable President, Respected Vice President, Madam Speaker of Lok Sabha, our Former Prime Minister Shri Devegowdaji, Members of the Council of Ministers, all the other members of the House, and the esteemed conglomerate gathered here representing diverse sectors. In the process of nation building, we often arrive at a moment which leads us to a path breaking juncture and opens up a plethora of opportunities imploring us to aspire for new dream .....

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ssible due to the relentless efforts put in over decades by several stalwarts under whose guidance various teams developed this GST framework. It is overwhelming to see you all spare your valuable time to attend this auspicious occasion. I extend my heartfelt welcome and express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your august presence today. This path that we have tread upon, the direction that we have selected, the system that we have developed has not seen the light of the day because of ju .....

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are the same place of pride. The front seats of this hall were ordained by the iconic national heroes like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, Acharya Kripalani, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Sarojini Naidu. The same House which once on 14 August, 1947, at the stroke of the midnight hour, witnessed the most pious moment of the nation attaining freedom! On 26th November, 1949, this House stands as a testimony to the historical event whe .....

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leven months and seventeen days when people from every part of the country participated in the brainstorming. In a similar way, GST has been the result of a long drawn premeditated mentation of several years equally supported by State Governments. There have been continuous discussions with Former Ministers and the best brains of the country have helped realise GST. When the Constitution was framed, it introduced a framework of equal opportunity and rights for all. Very importantly, GST also int .....

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o walked the talk along with the government. My hearty congratulations to all who led this movement towards this milestone! All states are slated to gain immensely as they shall now get equal opportunities of development. GST is in a way is like our railways with state and Centre playing equal role in its operations. While it receives regional support at the state level, yet it is representative of the Indian Railways . The Central Service officers are deputed all over the states and they align .....

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y we are moving forward successfully. It has been a long process. There was hard work as also certain apprehensions. The states had questions in mind. But with diligence and hard work we can accomplish a task. Chanakya had said that यद दुरं यद दुराद्यम, यद च दुरै, व्यवस्थितम्, तत .....

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labh Bhai Patel to integrate these Princely states, what would have been the political map of India today? Just as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel unified India by helping several princely states subsume into a common entity, the GST will bring economic unification. If we take into consideration the 29 states, the 7 Union Territories, the 7 taxes of the Centre and the 8 taxes of the states, and several different taxes for different commodities, the number of taxes sum up to a figure of 500! Today all .....

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due to different tax regimes of different states. The same product will have different prices in, say Delhi , Gurugram and Noida which are 25-30 kilometres apart. This is because Haryana , Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have different tax regimes. As a result of these variations, a citizen wonders that - if I go to Gurugram I get the product at one price, if I go to Delhi I get the same product for a different price and if I go to Noida I get it for yet another price. There was confusion in everybody s .....

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tax structure. Sometimes certain items, especially the perishable ones that were supposed to reach their destination in time, were delayed because of the time taken for processing; and it resulted in losses at both ends. Today we are getting rid of all that. The country is moving a step forward towards a modern taxation system. This is a system that is simpler, more transparent. It will help us curbing black money and corruption and reward honesty. It will generate interest and enthusiasm to do .....

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hat few arrangements have been done for this new system but those arrangements are at basic level and the common man will not be burdened with the new system. Friends, GST is not limited to the technicalities of the term. In fact, the system is for the welfare of the poor. Even after 70 years of independence, we have not been able to deliver to the poor. It s not that efforts were not made. Every government has made tremendous efforts in this direction. But somewhere the limited resources became .....

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system hung. The next day the focus of the news was this very issue. Even today we hear about such issues. It is true that everyone is not tech-savvy. However, if any household has a class 10th-12th student, he would definitely know about technology. GST is so simple that a class 12 student can help merchants file returns. I request those who have fears to dismiss them. You get your eye check-up done by your regular doctor. He gives you power for your eyes. You get the spectacles made. When you .....

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balances in the country s trade. It also boosts the exports of the country. This system not only provides impetus to already developed states but also provides the opportunity to the backward states to develop. Our states are enriched with natural resources - look at Bihar, eastern UP, West Bengal, the north east, Odisha. They are all brimming with natural resources. When they will get a single tax regime I can see clearly that whatever deficiency is there those will be removed and this art of t .....

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s impact will be appreciated by the forthcoming generations with a great pride. In 2022, India will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year of achieving Freedom. We have embarked upon a journey to create a New India. The New India which is the dream of our 1.25 billions Indians! Therefore Ladies and Gentlemen, GST shall play a key role in helping us build the India of our dreams. The last verse of Lokmanya Tilak s Gita Rahsaya ideally encapsulates the essence of the way the GST team has strived to ac .....

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