GST has transformed economy: PM

Elias Hubbard
July 30, 2017

GST has augured well for interstate transport, making life easier for everyone, he said pointing out how "Pollution levels have come down with the increased speeds of the trucks. It ushers in a new culture", PM said in his address to the nation during the 34th edition of "Mann Ki Baath" on Sunday.

"The government has deployed Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), paramilitary forces and NDRF to flood-hit states".

"Every decision regarding GST has been made, taking into consideration economic problems of every state and each state has participated to make sure no one in the country sleeps hungry", he said. With this new tax regime, it has been seen that although there was lack of clarity in the beginning, the poor will be benefitting from the revised prices. "We have to live for our nation and take it to new heights of progress", PM Modi said asking the countrymen to take a pledge this year with a determination to complete it within five years. It is also an example of cooperative federalism. "The month of August has seen historic movements in India". Speaking of movements like "Non Cooperation" and "Quit India", which helped the country win independence on August 15, 1947, he said that people had united under Mahatma Gandhi's "Do or Die" call.

He also said that this year is special for the festival, for this would be 125th such since it was started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a freedom-fighter. We remember Mahatma Gandhi for his leadership during "Quit India" and we remember leaders like Lok Nayak JP & Dr Lohia who took part in it.

-GST is more than just a tax reform.

-"Today, we do not have to die for the nation".

He asked the nation's youth to remember the "August Kratni Diwas" of 1942 and said that a similar resolve must be taken to end corruption, communalism and casteism in the country.

"Let's transform this campaign into a people's movement", he added.

Addressing the country on the upcoming festive season, Modi said these are not mere celebrations but they also bring in economic opportunities to the poor and marginal.

Launched on October 3, 2014, Modi addresses the nation every month in "Mann Ki Baat" programme. He talked about how Indians can try and translate the joy of celebrating these festivals into financial benefits for the lower strata.

Modi not only hailed the Indian women cricket team's efforts in the World Cup final, but also praised the nation for supporting the team. He said that he met the team players this week and sensed the disappointment they had since they had lost the final.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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