Economists across the world will hail GST, and it will be a case study in future for economists across the world, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 34th 'Mann ki Baat' radio address to the nation.
At around the same time last month, the country was readying itself for GST, he said, adding, “As I call it Good and Simple Tax, this concept, one nation, one tax has helped the economy a lot in such a short time.”
“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.
He applauded the concerted efforts of accountants, advisors, ministers, states, government and people’s support, in helping bring about this big reform. The next five years – 2017-2022 - will be the decisive years for India’s future so every citizen should work on his own roadmap for the nation, he said.
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. Goods are also being transported much faster.”
Among other important events in the country over the last few days, he spoke about how rescue operations were being conducted in flood-struck areas, and how the NDRF, para military, Army, and Air Force was doing their best to help the country. He drew attention to the 24x7 helpline number - 1078 - currently functional to support people in the flood affected areas
As the month draws to a close, he also talked about how August is the month of freedom. “Quit India Movement began in August 1942 & on 15th August 1947 India became independent; the nation will celebrate 15th August 2017 as the ‘Sankalp Parv’ this year and India will complete 75 years of Independence Day in 2022.”
“Let's focus on making 2017-2022 India’s decisive years as our freedom fighters made 1942-1947," he said asking the youth to contribute in these decisive years by participating in digital India and sending him suggestions through his apps, ‘Mygov’ or ‘NMApp’.
For the upcoming festive season, he urged the urged the public to buy ‘home-made rakhis’ and ‘eco-friendly’ Ganesha idols this year. He talked about how Indians can try and translate the joy of celebrating these festivals into financial benefits for the lower strata.
He ended his address by congratulating the Women’s Cricket Team and said it was heartwarming to see people of the country praise the team despite their failure.