GST from 1 July: CPI to skip special midnight meeting before law comes to force

The CPI would skip the special midnight meeting on GST implementation on Friday, as it accused the Centre of being in a hurry to launch it without heeding to appeals by sections of the concerned industry.

PTI June 29, 2017 15:45:59 IST
GST from 1 July: CPI to skip special midnight meeting before law comes to force

Hyderabad: The CPI would skip the special midnight meeting on GST implementation on Friday, as it accused the Centre of being in a hurry to launch it without heeding to appeals by sections of the concerned industry.

GST from 1 July CPI to skip special midnight meeting before law comes to force

CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy. Getty images

Communist Party of India General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said the party, after discussions with its MPs, decided to skip the meeting convened by the government.

The CPI currently has one member each in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

"They (the government) are doing it in a hurry without giving proper time," Reddy told PTI in Hyderabad, airing his party's concerns on the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

He said that the tax slabs under GST are much higher than earlier on things like shoes, slippers, clothes and textiles, all of which would now be costlier though there may be some goods whose prices would also come down.

"The government is not ready to heed to some of the appeals (of sections of the concerned industry), and they are going ahead in a hurry," Reddy said.

He said that banking transactions, as also credit and debit card ones, have become costlier.

"Taking into consideration all this, we have decided to avoid the session," Reddy said.

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