Sadhvi Pragya develops yet other controversy on deaths of BJP leaders
Lok Sabha member Sadhvi Pragya of ruling BJP has now created yet other controversy by alleging opposition parties using Marak-Shakti to kill BJP leaders. Such remarks tend to develop unnecessary bitterness that too at a time when all political leaders cutting across party lines paid rich tributes to recently departed BJP stalwarts Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley not only through glorious words but even by visiting their homes.
Big question is what opposition leaders would have gained politically by doing so when the departed BJP leaders in August 2019 had quit politics for ever. Hypothetically if some Marak-Shakti as alleged by Sadhvi Pragya existed, then opposition would have misused it to harm some active politician or even political ruler from the ruling BJP.
Opposition has ruled the country so long. Therefore if any such Marak-Shakti would have existed, then it could be well used to target enemy countries rather than fighting wars at high cost and lives of our brave soldiers.
BJP leadership should take a class of Sadhvi Pragya about her regular controversial statements which are not only harming BJP but also are injurious to develop hatred and bitterness between opposition and ruling parties.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal
Biggest biscuit-manufacturer denies job-cut, but does not rule out because of irrational GST tariffs
Biggest biscuit-manufacturing company of India denies media-reports about job-cut of 10000 persons, but does not rule out because of highly irrational GST tariffs affecting sale of its confectionary items where biscuits attract 18-percent GST while rusks are in 5-percent GST slab.
Presently GST-tariffs are highly irrational, confusing and improper where similar items are in different GST-brackets like 5, 12 and 18 percent. GST on harmful sweets is just 5-percent while namkeens prepared and sold by local confectioners attract 12-percent. Best is to remove all confusion by putting sweets, namkeens, biscuits, rusks and all such food-items in a common GST-slab of 12-percent for single rate-structure for products made by confectioners.
GST has become additional product where most local confectioners including renowned ones in unorganised sectors have taken GST as extra profit for unbranded sweets and namkeens, where mostly they do not give invoices for their items though charging from customers. They steer strangely the customers who demand cash-memos for their purchases. single-rate structure for their products. There should be strict warning displayed prominently at shops of every confectioner covered by GST which should also guide customers to insist on cash-memos. Confectioners should be warned of cancelling of licenses in case they do not resort to practice of compulsorily issuing cash-memos and invoices without even being asked by customers.
Best is to merge GST tariffs of 5, 12 and 18 in a common tariff of 12-percent including on service-sector to remove irrationality and confusion. Presently 18-percent GST in service-sector is highly excessive.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)