Even as hectic preparations are on before the final roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1, Uttar Ptradesh governor Ram Naik has termed the new law as the modern-day ‘Amrit’ for the country which could yield economic dividends. Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Digital Transformation & GST Summit 2017’ organised by The Indian Express and Microsoft, Naik said the multi-point destination-based consumption tax was the result of joined efforts of the Centre and states. Speaking on the occasion, Uttar Pradesh finance minister Rajesh Agarwal, too, said that the GST would be a boon for the country’s economy and said that the 22 crore population of Uttar Pradesh stands to benefit the most by it as the state is primarily a consumer state. “The state’s commercial tax department has already held more than 1000 workshops for traders and officials of the department to train them and make them aware of its nitty-gritties. Prashant Shukla, national technology officer, Microsoft India, said, “The country is lagging behind in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking. This new tax regime would go a long way in making it easy to do business in the country and digital transformation would be the key to it.” Talking about the importance of digital transformation, Anil Agarwal, additional director general, UP 100, the Uttar Pradesh Police’s Emergency Management System, said that it was only through digital technology that a project of this size and scale has achieved so much success in such a short span of time. “Today is the 200th day of the forming of this service and we have already provided physical assistance to 20 million people of the state… through a fleet of 3200 police response vehicles that have been deployed in all 75 districts of the state, we target to provide assistance within 15 miniutes. Our average response time is 20 minutes,” he said, adding that the operational expenditure of this service comes to Rs 22 crore a month.
CM approves draft of new industrial policy
The blue print of the new industrial policy of Uttar Pradesh, which promises ease of doing business, tax relief and continuous power supply and aims at promoting units in the backward Purvanchal and Bundelkhand regions, has been approved by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
“The CM has approved the draft of the new industrial policy after some amendments. It will be uploaded on the website of the department for suggestions and objections of people before finalising it and presenting it before the state cabinet,” an official spokesman said here on Friday.