Panaji : Hailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), BJP chief Amit Shah today said the new tax regime would accelerate the country's economic growth and bring an end to the 'inspector raj'.
The GST was formally launched in Delhi in a midnight function in Parliament. "The launch of GST has dissolved over 17 different taxes, converting them into a single tax, which will help traders, businessmen and small entrepreneurs. The BJP government, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, has provided relief to them from 'inspector raj'," Shah said.
The BJP president, who arrived at Dabolim airport near here around 11.30 am for a two-day state visit, was addressing a gathering there. Shah said there might be some teething problems with the implementation of the GST, but they could be worked out.
"But this tax reform will accelerate the economic growth of the country making it a global leader...it will end several tax-related legislations," Shah said.
Praising President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the GST launch, he said the midnight witnessed India's biggest tax reform since Independence.
"We have achieved the dream of 'one country, one tax' under the leadership of President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since the time Modiji has taken over, he has been introducing new things in every sector.
"But I would like to tell the country that what happened last night is the biggest tax reform step taken since the time of Independence," he said.
At the airport, Shah was given a warm welcome by over 2,500 party workers. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP Goa unit chief Vinay Tendulkar, party's national joint general secretary Santoshji, Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, South Goa Member of Parliament Narendra Sawaikar and other leaders were among those present.
Later, in an intraction with a gathering of people from various walks of life, he said the law can be amended if any difficulties arose in the implementation of GST. "There are times when we introduce a law (and) we can only imagine its impact," he said.
"For example, when the GST is being introduced, an atmosphere is being created by some members of the Opposition and some people from the media that after GST, everything would be stalled," he said.
"Nothing has happened, and nothing is going to happen. But if there is any difficulty, when Parliament can pass the law, it also has the power to amend it. Any sensitive government will amend it (if there are problems)," he added.