Small traders need to be handheld on GST, says Modi

27 September, Mumbai


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged the Chief Secretaries to use the district administration to handhold small traders so that they are facilitated to access and adopt the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) system.

”While traders across the country are positive and are accepting this new taxation arrangement, they need handholding so that their problems can be resolved,” he said while chairing his 22nd interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.

He reiterated that small businesses must register with the GST network, to take advantage of business opportunities. The common man and the trader must benefit from this path breaking decision, he stressed.

The Prime Minister, who reviewed the progress in handling and resolution of grievances related to the banking sector, also asked the Secretary, Financial Services, to look at ways to increase the use of RuPay debit cards that have been issued to Jan Dhan account holders. He was briefed on the relief that has been received by the Jan Dhan account holders, as part of the insurance provisions that are linked to these accounts.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress of nine infrastructure projects cumulatively worth more than Rs 37,000 crore in the railway, road, power, coal and gas pipeline sectors, spread over several states including Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Manipur, Mizoram, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Delhi including the India Myanmar Friendship Bridge.

The Prime Minister also called for sustained efforts to boost digital payments and work towards a less cash society. He noted that while many Union Government departments were now using the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), only 10 states had so far shown keenness in using it. The Prime Minister said ”GeM increases the pace of procurement, and boosts transparency, besides supporting enterprise at the local level.” He urged all Chief Secretaries to explore its use to the extent possible, to minimise leakages and delays.

Mr Modi reviewed the progress of the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), and the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign) for the Divyang, an offiicalrelease here said.

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