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जनता की तकलीफों पर अधिक ध्यान देने की आवश्यकता है : नोट्बंदी व् जीएसटी का बुरे ढंग से लागू करना

जनता की तकलीफों पर अधिक ध्यान देने की आवश्यकता है : नोट्बंदी व् जीएसटी का बुरे ढंग से लागू करनाrp_RKU-150x150.jpg
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सरकार ने बिना पूरी तैयारी के जीएसटी तो लगो कर दिया पर व्यापारी पुनः लाइनों मैं इधर उधर हाथ पैर मार रहा है .अभी कुछ छूट दे दी है जिसमें वह अपनी

तकलीफों को दूर करा सकता है . परन्तु इससे भारत की कार्य प्रणाली पर बहुत बड़ा प्रश्न चिन्ह लग गया है . सरकार को जनता की तकलीफों की कोई परवाह ही नहीं है .नोट बंदी के समय गाँवों मैं महीने भर अफ्राह तफरी रही .बैंकों पर लाठी चार्ज हुआ पत्थर फिंके . बैंकों का भरष्टाचार बढ़ा .जनता लाइनों मैं घंटों खडी रही . परन्तु वह सब  तो एक बार सह लिया क्योंकि जनता को लगा की ब्लैक मनी से लड़ना देश की आवश्यकता है .परन्तु यह बिलकुल साफ़ था की सरकार की प्लानिंग बहुत खराब थी . बैंकों से पूछा ही नहीं गया . १२० करोड़ लोग लाइनों मैं आयेंगे कम से कम  पाँच लाख काउंटर तो चाहिए ही थे .बैंकों के एटीम को बदलने का काम पहले से हो सकता था .उन पर रोज नए नोट कैसे पहुंचाएंगे इसकी प्लानिंग पहले से ही होनी चाहिए थी . रेलवे की बुकिंग को पुराने नोट लेने दिया होता तो काउंटर और बढ़ जाते .परन्तु सरकार की दलील की इससे बात लीक हो जाती मैं भी दम था .इसलिए जनता चुप चाप तकलीफ सह गयी .

परन्तु बिना तैयारी के जीएसटी को लागू करने की क्या जल्दी थी ? कम से कम सॉफ्टवेर पूरा टेस्ट कर तीन  महीने का समय तो दिया होता जिससे ९० प्रतिशत व्यापारी ठीक से जीएसटी लागू कर लेते . बाकि को ही भागना पड़ता . पर नहीं सरकार को तो जनता की तकलीफों की चिंता ही  नहीं है . बाबुशाही और चुनी सरकार मैं यही तो अंतर होता है . चुनी सरकार यदि बाबुओं को अपने ऊपर हावी होने देगी तो यही होगा . कभी किसान लाठी खायेंगे और बैंकों का राज होगा या अब जीएसटी पर फिर वही गफलत होगी .ऐसे ही ट्रकों के नाके चालू हें , कुछ नहीं बदला .पहले सेल टैक्स के डॉक्यूमेंट मांगते थे अब जीएसटी के मांगते हें . ट्रक लाइनों मैं पहले की तरह ही लगे रहते हैं .  प्रधान मंत्रि ने कहा की छतीस टैक्सो के फॉर्म भरते थे . अब महीने मैं तीन फॉर्म भरने पड़ेंगे और साल के अंत मैं एक . कुल सैतीस फॉर्म तो फिर हो गए . छोटे व्यापारीओं की आफत ज्यादा है . उनका दिया जीएसटी लिंक हुआ की नहीं भगवान् भरोसे है . बड़े व्यापारी उनसे माल खरीदने मैं डरेंगे . इंदिरागांधी युग के इंस्पेक्टर राज की चरम वापिसी है .भला हो की एक हलवाई समोसा पाँच प्रतिशत , जलेबी १८% और राजभोग २८% की जीएसटी दर से नहीं बेच रहा . राजभोग तो राजाओं की मिठाई है ?

कुल मिला के नोत्बंदी की तरह जीएसटी का भी एक अच्छी विचार का बहुत भोंडा कार्यान्वन हुआ है .सबसे बड़ी बात यह है की सरकार के ऊपर बाबु हावी हैं और माई बाप के आदी बाबु  निरंकुश है .सिर्फ हाँ मैं हाँ मिला कर जनता को पीस रहे हैं .सरकार की कार्यशैली मैं बदलाव कर जनता की तकलीफों के प्रति सजगता लाने  की आवश्यकता है .

नीचे दिए लेख पर ध्यान देना आवश्यक है  .

‘Nobody is fully prepared for GST’

‘The near term will be challenging, as most will struggle to adapt to the new regime.’
Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com

Illustration: Dominic Xavier

Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani believes the goods and services tax has multiple implications for his sector.

While the near-term will be challenging, the long term will augur well for both the retail and consumer markets as ease of doing business improves, he tells Viveat Susan Pinto.

 

How prepared is your group for GST?

Nobody is fully prepared for the GST.

Everybody is learning along the way and so are we.

I believe there are multiple implications due to this tax reform.

The near term will be challenging, as most will struggle to adapt to the new regime.

In the long run, however, there are benefits; the biggest being the ease of doing business.

For retailers, benefits accrue at the front as well as back-end.

At the front-end, they will be able to set up more stores because execution challenges will reduce.

At the back-end, the logistics and warehousing issues will ease.

It will become more efficient because of the concept of a unified market.

Top retailers recently met to discuss some of the challenges the sector would face. What were these?

The discussion was about pricing and protection of margins.

Will margins get squeezed in the event if there are price hikes?

How are FMCGs dealing with this issue and what will be the impact on consumers and retailers due to this?

What is the extent of price hikes?

There was a need to come together and put our minds to these issues.

There are also some other teething problems that require attention such as including GST as a component in the product price, as opposed to raising a separate bill for it.

There are also discrepancies that could creep in due to the variable GST structure on products.

For instance, packaged commodities will be charged at five per cent, while those sold loosely will be exempt from GST.

How do we deal with this dynamic?

Future Group is also a manufacturer and distributor of consumer products through Future Consumer.
Do you propose to raise prices of your products once GST kicks in?

No, we do not.

Our plan is to reduce product prices by 2 to 22 per cent across categories.

This is because GST rates will be lower. This will be beneficial to consumers.

Will that give you greater scope to compete with e-tailers, whose biggest advantage is the lower price that they bring to the table?

I can only speak for myself. We will bring down prices across products, so I see this having a positive impact on business.

What is happening to that industry (e-tailing) is visible to all.

But I do think that everybody will do what is right for their respective businesses.

What are the investments you’ve made in your business to be GST-ready?

We are ready to file invoices based on the new structure on July 1. We had set up teams internally to help us make that shift.

‘GST is likely to disrupt a lot of people’s lives’ – REDIFF

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July 13, 2017 08:29 IST

‘I expect a global financial problem in the latter half of the current financial year or in 2018, especially in the US.’

‘The next time we have an economic slowdown, it’s going to be very, very bad and will impact everyone.’

As the global equity markets continue on their journey north, Jim Rogers, bottom, left, chairman of Rogers Holdings, tells Puneet Wadhwa that he expects a correction, going ahead.

His decision not to invest now is not India-specific, but has to do with the problems relating to how the major global economies are shaping up.

India has implemented the biggest tax reform in history – the Goods and Services Tax (GST). What are your thoughts on the development?

With the implementation of the GST, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done what he said earlier.

If the GST can overhaul the tax system in India, it will be wonderful. This is the best thing to have happened to India by a politician since its independence, ie, in the past 70 years.

What do you expect from the government in the remaining part of its tenure? Do you see populist measures taking centre stage with the 2019 general elections in mind?

Well, Modi has done many populist things in the past.

I think the last Union Budget had a number of populist measures as well.

But, I don’t know how populist the GST will prove to be, as it is likely to disrupt a lot of people’s lives.

 

 

However, in the end, the measure will be good as it will overhaul the tax system in India.

With the elections coming up in 2019, I am sure there will be other populist measures.

Every politician in the world prepares for elections by giving away as much as he can.

What’s your view on India now as an investment destination? Are you planning to invest here?

No, not yet. That’s because I am not investing anywhere in the world right now. I am worried about the global financial markets and hence, I am in a wait-and-watch mode.

If the US, Japan, or any other major market has problems, it will be a bad one.

I am worried that the next time we have an economic slowdown, it’s going to be very, very bad and will impact everyone.

My decision to not invest now is not India-specific, but has to do with the problems relating to how the major global economies are shaping up.

So, what’s your view on the global financial markets from here on? Is a crash coming soon?

I expect a global financial problem in the latter half of the current financial year or in 2018, especially in the US.

The US is the largest debtor nation in the world now, and its debts are mounting.

Its stock markets are at an all-time high and the central bank is continuing to raise interest rates.

I expect problems in the financial markets sometime later this year, or in the next year.

What factors will trigger a correction?

There are many things. It is always a combination of factors that we don’t expect.

In 2007, Iceland went bankrupt and most people didn’t know there was a country by that name and that it was running into a crisis.

And then Ireland went broke. And then Bear Stearns went broke. Lehman Brothers, too, went broke.

Problems spiral like that and then cause a crash across the financial markets.

There are many states in the US that are bankrupt now.

There are pension plans as well that are adding to the burden.

So the financial crisis can be triggered by the bankruptcy in these states, which most people don’t even know about.

It usually starts at the places we are not watching and then it spreads.

What are your views on gold and oil prices?

I own gold, but I am not buying more at these levels. If gold dips below $1,000 per ounce, I hope I’m smart enough to invest then.

Over the next few years, I think gold prices will go much higher. But before the rally, I expect prices to correct, which will be a good entry point.

In India, too, the government is trying to do its best to discourage people from buying gold.

So there are many things that can trigger a correction in gold prices.

Oil prices, in my view, are in the process of making a complicated bottom.

Over the next one year, oil prices can hit $30 and rally to $100 levels as well in the case of a war.

Bitcoin and other crypto currencies have caught investors’ fancy of late. Have you invested in any?

I have no investments in Bitcoin — I wish I had.

We do know that the world has many problems with money right now.

A number of things in our lives are being guided and solved by the computer, so we will have computer-money eventually.

Whether it is Bitcoin or not, I don’t know, as there are a number of crypto currencies and it is difficult to say which one will win at the end.

What I do know is in the future, money will be on the computer (virtual), just like everything else!

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  1. July 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    Modi Govt. is perfectly on the right track. Hindus are excellent Self-Enemies, enjoy abusing all those measures that benefit them in the long term.

    Sometimes, I feel, we deserved to be tormented by Mughals / British Goras / Nehru-Gandhi-Vadra dynasty.

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