Opposition Miffed Over Mid-Night Mela
Demanding that the State government see that farmers got loans in time, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) found fault with the BJP-led Central government for bringing farmers under the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The CLP also found fault with the NDA government for not bringing petroleum and liquor products under the purview of GST and said the same government had brought farming a
The midnight rollout of GST has come under blistering attack by Opposition. Barring NDA allies, almost all the opposition parties made a trenchant criticism of the tax terror unleashed by the Centre. Opposition sees GST as a tool to hit several sections of society
Hyderabad: Demanding that the State government see that farmers got loans in time, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) found fault with the BJP-led Central government for bringing farmers under the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The CLP also found fault with the NDA government for not bringing petroleum and liquor products under the purview of GST and said the same government had brought farming activities under GST.
Speaking to the media at Assembly Media Hall here on Friday along with Opposition leader in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir, Deputy CLP leader T Jeevan Reddy and Deputy LOP Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, CLP chief K Jana Reddy said the farmers were facing hardships due to the policies of the State and Central governments.
Farmers and farm labourers were concerned about the conditions prevailing across the nation. The Central government first implemented demonetisation and now was implementing GST, both of which were troubling farmers severely. “It is sad that the farmers have to pay 25 per cent tax on tractors and 18 percent on other equipment now,” he lamented.
He alleged that now the farmers had to pay additional taxes on fertilisers along with several service taxes. The State government had not cleared loan waiver in time, nor reviewed the interest on loans due to the phased manner payment. The government confined to statements but was not providing required investment amount to farmers.
The State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) had released only Rs 2,500 crore, he said, and demanded that the State government waive off the interest amounts of farmers as part of loan waiver scheme.Shabbir Ali alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who was the first Chief Minister to extend support to demonetisation, failed to mount pressure on the Centre to release Rs 5,000 crore for the benefit of farmers.
He asked the Chief Minister to speak something on beedi workers, who were also being brought under GST, and said there was a danger that the beedi industry may be closed due to GST impact.Asking the Chief Minister whether he had human angle, Jeevan Reddy found fault with Finance Minister Eatala Rajender for saying that SLBC officials had no human angle.
It was a tradition that the Chief Minister had to attend SLBC meeting but Chandrashekar Rao abstained from the meeting, he pointed out.
Finding fault with the Chief Minister for extending support to NDA presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind, Jeevan Reddy alleged that the Centre had failed to bring the petroleum products and liquor products under the purview of GST. The Chief Minister had no love towards farmers but only love for increasing Assembly seats.