‘High taxes, no jobs’: Opposition hits out at Centre over GST rates hike

Several political leaders have raised concerns over the country’s economic growth after the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates were enforced earlier in the day.

AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Highly disheartened to see that, on one hand, the price rise is breaking the backs of citizens of India, and on the other hand, the Central government is raising GST rates for essential food items. I demand that they take back this decision.”

Seeking rollback of the new rates, Kejriwal said, “I demand that the Centre should take back GST applied on materials of everyday use of basic food products, it is not right.”

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“Delhi government is the only one that is providing any respite from growing inflation through its many schemes,” he added.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and wrote, “HIGH taxes, NO jobs BJP’s masterclass on how to destroy what was once one of the world’s fastest growing economies.”

The GST rates were revised during the two-day GST council’s 47th meeting held last month in Chandigarh. It was decided in the meeting, headed by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, that packed foods like flour, milk, curd and paneer and unpacked ones, including rice and wheat when packed, will be brought under the 5% slab. While solar water heaters, leather products and hotels charging Rs 1,000 or less per day for a stay will come under the 12% slab.

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