Withdraw Excise Duty Hike, Roll Back GST Rise: CPI
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on March 16, 2020 demanding roll backs of the recent increase in excise duty and GST:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India demands that the central government must withdraw the recent hike in excise duty on petrol and diesel and also roll back the rise of GST imposed on smart phones.
When the international prices of crude oil have crashed, instead of passing on that advantage to the consumer, the government is imposing additional excise duty which clearly shows that the economy under the Modi government is in real crisis due to the faulty policies of the Modi government. Hence the government is collecting money from people to tide over its crisis.
Similarly in the world of digitalisation, smart phones are no longer a luxury but an essential need and hence the rise in GST on smart phones also needs to be rolled back.