Follow in the footsteps of Bihar CM
It is laudable that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a statewide campaign to eradicate social evils like dowry and child marriage recently. As a result, a former Principal, Hirindra Kumar Singh of Bhojpur district, inspired by CM's campaign against dowry, has returned the dowry which he had received for his son's marriage on October 4 in Bhojpur. Marriage is a relationship not only between two persons, but also between two families. If a person receives dowry, it is like purchasing and selling a commodity. I would, therefore, like to request all State governments to take a cue from the Bihar CM.
Don't defame GST
The government has made a mockery of GST known as best across the world by having an Indian version of GST - almost all the good characteristics of GST can nowhere be seen in India. GST must have one single rate not more than 12% for all the items including petroleum products etc. The real purpose of GST will be achieved only when all the Central or State taxes like Vat, Excise etc are abolished and merged into one GST.
The latest modifications in lowering some rates and for simplification are not enough. The new modification is -the GST rate on 178 daily items reduced to 18% from 28%. A uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both AC and non-AC, at the same time input tax credit, a facility to set off tax paid on inputs with fil tax has been withdrawn. Now Restaurant owners say that they will increase their prices as they are now being deprived off input tax credit. It is utmost important for the government to exempt all food items, medicines and health related products and other necessities of life. It is shame on the part of government to levy GST on wheat/atta and on the ture's call in use of toilets and lavatories etc.