With the GST (Goods and Services Tax) roll out slated for July 1, the Narendra Modi government plans to send out its top ministers and leaders across the country to “dispel any confusion” and explain to stakeholders the issues that may arise during the implementation of the new regime.
It is going to be a busy travel schedule for ministers in the Narendra Modi government till the end of the first week of July. The government and BJP have decided to observe June 25-26 as Anti-Emergency day across the country by deputing Union ministers to attend various events across state capitals.The government is preparing a detailed list of ministers who will be going out to different cities between July 2 and 7 to discuss with industry groups, traders, small businessmen and others who will come under the new tax system.
Recalling that in the midnight of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi-led Congress government had imposed the Emergency, information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu wrote to his colleagues, “It is a ‘Black Day’ in the Constitutional democracy of independent India.” In a letter, the minister said, “We, a democratic and nationalistic party, observe the day as such to reinforce our firm commitment against subversion of democratic values.”
The decision to mark the ‘Anti-Emergency Day’ comes at a time the opposition is attacking the ruling dispensation for allegedly imposing an “undeclared emergency” in the country.
Many ministers have been asked to postpone or cancel other programmes during this period as implementing GST is a priority for the Centre. In fact, ministers also have a travel schedule chalked out for the World Yoga Day on June 21.Schedules are being drawn to assign cities to ministers for the Yoga Day programmes. Those travelling abroad on that day may even participate in functions there in coordination with the Indian embassies.
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