Goods and Services Tax (GST), India’s single biggest tax reform initiative undertaken since Independence, was part of the 23 tableaux which were showcased on 68th Republic Day Parade on Rajpath.
Showcasing the GST was a tableau by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). The blue-hued tableau with bowling pin and ball at the front and a map of India at the rear went past the Rajpath as President Pranab Mukherjee waved his hands in appreciation. The tableau’s front part highlighted the objectives of GST like replacement of multiple Central and State level indirect taxes by it along with the basic essence of the proposed tax – one nation, one tax, one market. Its rear portion depicted various expected benefits of the GST like growth in investment, production of goods, services leading to higher exports, employment and also increase in GDP.
The CBEC was one of the six central ministries to showcase their tableaux. Colourful tableaux from 17 states and union territories took part in the parade depicting India’s varied culture and heritage.
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, who was among the other ministers present to witness the parade, stood up from his seat and clapped as the GST tableau passed through the iconic Rajpath. The GST, which aims to subsume a multitude of taxes, is the single biggest tax reform initiative undertaken since Independence.
Apart from this “Transforming India through Skill Development”, “Green India – Clean India”, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Khadi India were also showcased among the tableaux from seventeen states and six ministries and departments in the Republic Day Parade this year.
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