The quote, “Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev” by Ronald Reagan, resulted in the Berlin wall collapsing and paved way for the reunification of Germany. PGurus is aghast at the way India is being run by 2 Finance Ministers (FM) – the Prime Minister’s Office FM and the Finance Ministry’s FM. With two ministers, one would expect things to move doubly fast but the reality is something else. Will you clear the air, Mr. Modi and tell the nation as to who is the Finance Minister?
Mr. Modi, we love the concept of GST – One Nation One Tax. But there are miles to go before India can claim victory.
PGurus is waiting with bated breath on the follow-up actions with the company Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), which has been re-organized as a completely Government owned entity. What about the excesses committed till now? Is there a Comptroller And Auditor General (CAG) audit into its finances? Has the bank of choice for storing the GST collections changed to a Public Sector Bank such as the State Bank of India? Will the Finance Minister(s) clarify?
Several teething issues in the design and deployment of GSTN were highlighted by us in the months past. Have they been addressed? For instance, PGurus was told by a senior officer in the CAG HQ in strict confidence that there is absolute secrecy that has engulfed the GSTN tenders and they have not been privy to any information, forget audit in this regard. What was Hasmukh Adhia trying to suppress from the Nation?
This tender, according to the CAG officer, reeks of many similarities with the tender scam in the Common Wealth Games (CWG) which attracted national attention. The tender was given to a private body in the CWG case also by flouting the norms and the same has happened in the case of GSTN too.
Mr. Modi, we love the concept of GST – One Nation One Tax. But there are miles to go before India can claim victory. First, fix who is the Finance Minister and then make it his responsibility to clean up this mess.