‘Reasonable taxation, ease of doing business are govt’s priority’

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on May 17, 2015

Jaitley dismisses criticism of govt not ‘walking the talk’

Making taxation more reasonable and improving ease of doing business will be among his top priorities going ahead, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today, as he outlined the economic road map of the Modi government for its second year.

The government will also strive to eliminate discretions and maintain the speed of reforms, Jaitley told PTI in an interview.

The Finance Minister also dismissed any perception that nothing has moved on the ground on the policy front in reviving the economy.

Answering a question about voices from India Inc complaining that the government was not walking the talk, Jaitley said there was no such “overwhelming perception”.

Some of the reports complaining about the economy not having taken off were “inspired news items referring to a dozen people without naming a single”, he said.

The Minister said that a section of corporates voicing disappointment were those who were used to a “system of largesse”.

On taxation, Jaitley said, the effort would be to make it “more reasonable”.

The government plans to roll out a common GST by April 1, 2015 on indirect taxes, while corporate tax rate would be brought down to 25 per cent from 30 per cent over a period of four years on the direct taxes, he added.

It also intends to eliminate the exemptions while reducing the rate of corporate tax, though these would be retained for the individual taxpayers.

“I would keep exemptions but keep that for individual tax payers and in the last two years I have strengthened the kind of exemptions,” he said, adding it would help in increasing demand and promoting growth.

Speaking about the challenges before the government, he said: “One, there is a huge road map how to ease your doing business here...I would say (that) is work in progress”.

Published on May 17, 2015
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