With touch of a button, PM Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee launch historic GST

At the stroke of the midnight hour, India launched its ambitious pan-India indirect tax regime, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to bind the country into a regime of 'one nation, one tax, one market'.
President Mukherjee and PM Modi launch landmark...
India TV Business Desk New Delhi 01 Jul 2017, 01:18 AM IST

At the stroke of the midnight hour, India launched its ambitious pan-India indirect tax regime, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to bind the country into a regime of 'one nation, one tax, one market'.

The roll out was done by President Pranab Mukherjee, who had originally moved the Constitution Amendment bill for bringing GST way back in 2011 when he was the Finance minister in the previous UPA regime, in Parliament's Central Hall, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and others.

At the stroke of the gong, the current tax rates were replaced by the GST rates. The GST replaces a slew of indirect taxes with a unified tax regime. The event was given a miss by the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK and some other parties.

Highlight from the historic launch of GST

11:59pm: Success of major changes always depends on their effective  implementation 

1157pm: GST will create a strong incentive for buyers to deal with honest and compliant sellers who pay their dues promptly

11:57pm: GST will be administered through a modern world-class information technology (IT) system 

11:56pm: Under GST, the tax incidence will be transparent, enabling full removal of tax burden on exports

11:56pm: GST will make exports more competitive & also provide a level playing field to domestic industry to compete with imports

11:555pm: The new era in taxation is the result of a broad consensus arrived at between Centre and States 

11:54pm: I had the privilege of giving assent to the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act: President

11:53pm: ​I was closely involved in the design and implementation of GST as the then Finance Minister: Mukherjee

11:53pm: This historic moment is the culmination of a fourteen-year long journey which began in December 2002, says President 

11:52pm: Introduction of GST is a momentous event for the nation, says President Mukherjee

PM Narendra Modi

1150pm: ​GST is a good and simple tax regime that will eliminate the compounding effects of multi-layered tax system

11:49pm: GST will rid India of tax terrorism and inspector raj, says PM Modi

11:45pm: GST is transparent and fair system that prevents black money and corruption and promotes new governance culture: PM Modi

11:42pm: Long wait at toll plazas will end with GST integrating 31 states and UTs as one: Prime Minister Modi

11:40pm: GST will help check corruption, curb blackmoney, says PM Modi

11:37pm: GST an example of cooperative federalism, says Prime Minister

11:35pm: Scope of GST is unlimited to financial system, now India will move in a new direction: PM Modi

11:33pm: PM Modi quotes Albert Einstein as saying, 'one the of the most difficult thing to grasp was the the concept of Income Tax'

11:30pm: GST is a result of a long thinking; all states along with Centre discussed for years: PM Modi

11:28pm: ​GST, an economic integration of India, like what Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had done decades back: PM Modi

11:26pm: Success of GST doesn't belong to one party. GST is result of combined efforts of all political parties, says PM Modi

11:25pm: GST a combine legacy that belongs to all of us, PM Modi tells gathering

11:20pm: PM Narendra Modi open GST rollout session 

FM Arun Jaitley 

11:15pm: It will be an India that will write a new destiny...India can rise beyond narrow politics: Arun Jaitley

11:13pm: The GST may be a destination tax, but for India it will begin altogether a new journey: Jaitley

11:10pm: ​The old India was economically fragmented, the new India will create one tax, one market and for one nation: Jaitley

11:08pm: ​We have assembled today on an important journey moment in the journey of our great nation: Jaitley

11:07pm: ​GST an important achievement for the whole country, says Jaitley

11:05: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opens the GST rollout session

10:45pm: President Pranab Mukherjee reaches Parliament

10:40pm: Vice President Hamid Ansari reaches Parliament 

10:35pm: BJP president Amit Shah, NCP chief Sharad Pawar reach Central Hall of Parliament 

10:31pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament for GST launch

10:30pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani reaches Central Hall

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10:30pm: PM Narendra Modi reaches Central Hall where GST will be rolled out

10:30pm: Former Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata reaches Parliament to attend GST launch event

10:25pm: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan reaches Parliament 

10pm: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar reaches Parliament 

* Next three GST Council meeting will be on first Saturday of the month starting from August, 2017.

9pm: I think India will grow faster, better, economy will be benefited, all the states will be benefited: Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM

8:15: The GST Council also cut tax rate on exclusive parts of tractors from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. 

8:15pm: GST Council revises rate on fertilizers which will now come under 5 pc tax bracket 

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6:45pm: GST may not be perfect and may cause some inconvenience initially but the government will make amendments if that happened: Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister

6:30pm: Mamata Banerjee says GST rules will lead to harassment of small traders and businesses. “At the stroke of midnight on 14th August, 1947, India won her freedom. Now, at the midnight of 30th June, 2017, freedom and democracy stand to face grave danger,” Mamata writes in a Facebook post.

6pm: Congress led UDF to boycott GST function in Kerala

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5:15pm: If they had conducted it outside the Central Hall, invited us with respect, we would have gone: Anand Sharma, Congress leader

5pm: A reform that holds great potential is being rushed through in a half-baked way with a self-promotional spectacle #GSTTamasha. India deserves a #GST rollout that does not put crores of its ordinary citizens, small businesses & traders through tremendous pain and anxiety: Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president

 

4:50pm: You can't marry dates, you have to marry better implementation. GST is a good idea with bad implementation: Sisodia

4:50pm: Traders are scared, the common man is scared and you (the central government) want to celebrate: Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister  

3pm: If India wants to be internationally competitive in business, tax framework needs to be competitive and modern. GST is that step: Shaktikanta Das, former Economic Affairs Secretary 

2pm: We oppose GST, it is a black law but since President will attend launch we will go as we do not want to create controversy: Naresh Agrawal, SP

1pm: GST rollout: Will end corruption. Only those who want to weaken economy are opposing it; it will be historic: Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh CM

1:15pm: GST rollout: We are free not to join, says Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac 

* I think collective wisdom will prevail and by evening all the parties will come (for GST launch): Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister

11am: It is really unfortunate… I hope they (Congress) realise by evening and re-think and join us in the Central Hall. I still appeal to the Congress and other parties boycotting GST event to reconsider. It is not a party function: Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister 

* Bihar CM Nitish Kumar not to attend GST midnight event. State Minister Vijendra Yadav to attend the launch event on behalf of Janata Dal (United).

10am: Nothing to worry on GST implementation. Don't need big IT infra. Even B2B don't need big software. We will give free software. Will give an excel format for B2B so they can keep invoice details updated and upload every month on the 10th: Adhia

10am: People should not believe in any misinformation, it is a transparent process. Honest taxpayers will get benefit: Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary

 
 
 

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