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Throw some enjoyable/fun ones in–because fun learning is forever learning Ann SimpsonBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 14 2016 9:27 am Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian (right) with National Affairs Editor P Vaidyanathan Iyer at the The Indian Express office (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna) Top News Formerly an economist at the International Monetary Fund Arvind Subramanian was appointed the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India in October 2014 Last year he headed a panel that was assigned the task of coming up with possible tax rates under GST which would strike a balance between the industry and the states A senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Subramanian has authored five books and is a widely cited expert on growth trade and the economics of Indiaand China P VAIDYANATHAN IYER: In a report submitted to the government last December a panel headed by you had recommended a revenue-neutral rate (RNR) of 15-155 per cent for the GST (Goods and Services Tax) with a standard rate of 17-18 per cent to be levied on most goods and all services Former finance minister P Chidambaram said in the Rajya Sabha that if the government is not putting the 18 per cent cap on tax rate in the Constitution Bill it must mention it after three months So what is the debate on the optimum level of GST rate all about If you look at 2016 I would argue that we have had at least four big legislative achievements and potentially transformational ones One is the GST the second of course is the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies Benefits and Services) Bill the third is the Monetary Policy framework and then of course the Bankruptcy Code (2015) These are the four major legislative achievements this year On the economic front my own view is that the inflation outlook is actually not bad at all I think if pulses vegetables and fruits inflation comes down in the future we could be looking at a relatively benign inflation environment So the overall policy achievements combined with the new development schemes on the economic front make this a time for true celebration as opposed to just celebrating the GST I am not discounting the challenges… private investment remains weak exports still have to pick up we still have the corporate balance sheet problems which are hanging over us like a legacy Coming to GST there are a couple of things there In our report we said (standard rate of) 17 to 19 per cent (to be levied on most goods and all services) but it was conditional on a number of policy assumptions and other things So I think going forward we have to decide on these policies For example how are we going to tax code how are we going to deal with compensation (for states) and then how will cesses be levied after the GST is rolled out Let’s take compensation for example We don’t know how much it is going to be but the view we took in the report and which I stand by very strongly is that compensation is a temporary phenomenon I believe it will be much more short-lived than people think But it’s a temporary thing and we should not burden the permanent structure of GST taxation with a temporary phenomenon We have heard the point of view of the states All states are saying 23 24 25 per cent (GST rate) Let me say two or three things on that: I don’t think any state has done serious calculation Of course the data doesn’t exist yet and we are going to be doing that Second I think there is a great fear of the unknown for the states and so they tend to want higher rates Remember the states are going to get a source of tax that they never had in their history which is on services and they are going to be the biggest beneficiaries of that Finally (states) have to face the electorate and so you don’t want to have higher taxes; and the Centre is backing you Even if you fall short the Centre has said that it is going to compensate you So I don’t completely understand what’s going on both in terms of the analysis that they (the states) have done and in terms of politics Let’s see how it plays up (The GST rate will be decided in the coming months by a council that will have the Finance Minister and representatives from every state) P VAIDYANATHAN IYER: Critics have said that this is a terrible GST framework big ticket items have been kept out of the GST framework… So the scope for moderation in tax rates does not really exist I think the standard argument — let not the best be the enemy of the good — to some extent is true but I think there is a deeper point Take Canada take the European Union they all have a very flawed GST I think we have to start and get our feet dirty and then we can learn as we go along That is the way it’s going to happen Could it (the GST) be better Of course But that is an incomplete understanding of how a complicated country like India works SUNIL JAIN: Since so much of the CPI basket is under low GST rates what is possible is that we will have a high rate of taxation even while the CPI remains low since that basket of goods will be taxed at a lower rate Also given how VAT rates have risen don’t you think GST rates could also go up in time You need to take note of two things to understand why VAT (Value Added Tax) rates might have gone up We know that at least in some states such as Gujarat lots of exemptions were given So it is not surprising therefore that if you get exemptions on one side you have to have higher rates on the other In the case of GST however compliance will be critical Going forward I think there’s going to be more of a check on granting exemptions of that sort I don’t know the exact time when VAT was increased but certainly as growth started decelerating you know after 2013 or so that is when you could understand why (VAT increased) During the growth boom you didn’t have to raise rates But once the growth began to slip… it could have been entirely related to the economy as well We will have to see going forward what the experience is going to be Just see the amount of information that is going to be out there and to me it is quite extraordinary At the heart of compliance is the IT network where every invoice of every dealer will be captured with around 3-5 billion invoices expected to be matched online automatically every month I have no doubt that over time compliance benefits are going to be huge Once traders know this is going to happen they will automatically adjust their behaviour Once compliance rises rates will fall P VAIDYANATHAN IYER: Everyone is talking of April 1 2017 as the implementation date for the GST The Prime Minister has said that by the end of the month he wants16 states to have ratified Immediately after that the President will notify (the GST Council which will then decide the new tax rate and other issues) The IT work has been going on for a long time the front end is common to all states For setting up the back end I think for 16-17 states the Centre is doing it the rest are doing it themselves Meanwhile the GST Council will be set up and I think there is going to be tough bargaining on many issues which will then lead to three pieces of legislation — Central GST (CGST) State GST (SGST) and Integrated GST (iGST) — that will eventually have to be enacted We are expecting it to come up in the Winter Session If the legislation is passed in the Winter Session we then have three months to do the trial run If we can get the Bills in Parliament in the Winter Session then I think it is doable (meeting the April 1 2017 deadline) The government is certainly committed towards it P VAIDYANATHAN IYER: What is your view on the Congress’s demand for legal ring-fencing of the GST rate This whole ring-fencing in the Constitution only started in late 2005 In virtually no country in the world tax rates are put in the Constitution It was odd (the Congress’s demand — overall rate be capped at 18 per cent and scrapping of an additional 1 per cent tax designed to compensate manufacturing states that fear losing out on revenue) for a number of reasons Firstly tax decisions are political decisions and they have to be a continued decision If you have a calamity you may have to raise rates The other reason why in the Indian context it (legal ring-fencing) is not doable is that we are chained to a GST arrangement in which the tax in high rates has to come from within the structure of GST In many countries what they do is that they have a GST and then they say you can levy taxes on environment-unfriendly goods etc outside the GST But the way it (GST in India) was structured that was not possible That is also the reason why we couldn’t put a cap of 18 per cent because you need another rate for demerit goods (a good or service whose consumption is considered unhealthy degrading or socially undesirable) I do not know about the politics behind it but basically for economic and policy reasons it was not a good idea at all The GST Council will meet and come up with the rates SANTOSH TIWARI: If any state is not abiding by the rules would it be possible for the Centre or the Centre and the states together to impose penalty like suggested in the 13th Finance Commission report There will be a dispute resolution mechanism and these are precisely the issues that will have to be taken up The GST Council is going ahead with the recommendations (of the 13th Finance Commission) But I don’t think they are discussing a situation where there will be presumptions that these decisions will be adhered to and if they are not there will be consequences HARISH DAMODARAN: If I am a steel manufacturer and I pay 16 per cent as my duty I can set it off against my imports But if I am a consumer and have to pay 18 per cent under the dispensation what do I set off How will you sort this out When you are going to change these rates there are going to be some distributional shifts but who exactly is going to gain and lose is something that is going to depend on the final structure of rates and the consumption basket of a particular set of people The CPI describes it on an average but in the report (December 2015) we also do a calculation for the bottom 40 per cent as to how the taxes will impact them The bottom 40 per cent is more protected than the average CPI because they consume a greater portion of exempt items And the bottom 40 per cent is also protected by the PDS (Public Distribution System) The self-definition of middle class is really interesting in India especially if you see who pays the taxes — it is the top 5 6 or maybe 7 per cent So the man who pays the lowest tax also thinks of himself as the middle class SUNIL JAIN: What is the difference between the GST Bill proposed by the Congress and the one that the NDA government has presented The Finance Minister has said the Congress’s GST would not have been passed by any state government What did he mean by that The 2011 Bill and its subsequent variants had no compensation for states and at the time the opposition states were the net manufacturing states The second part which even the Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) mentioned was that the Centre had agreed to compensate the states for the reduction in the CST (Central Sales Tax) but that was never paid When the GST didn’t come in when the states didn’t get any compensation they stopped trusting the Centre P VAIDYANATHAN IYER: Is the problem of NPAs (non-performing assets) too large to be resolved by the initiatives of the RBI A series of steps have been taken but I don’t know entirely what its impact has been I look at the credit growth numbers and see that they are very weak Also in the last couple of months we have seen a further reduction both in short rates and long rates about 25 basis points and almost nothing has passed through in terms of bank lending So it seems clear that the state of the bank balance sheets is inhibiting their ability to either lower rates or to provide more loans Aggregate industry credit is now quite weak in real terms it is negative I think What is also interesting is that if you look at the composition of this credit a lot of it is going to infrastructure steel and metals We know that these are already heavily indebted sectors So non-indebted sectors are actually relatively starved for credit Given all the positives on the economic front the one side where the challenges still remain is the banking side and the corporate balance sheets side We have to see how this thing works out going forward and recapitalisation will be a part of it COOMI KAPOOR: You have worked internationally as an economist How was it like working with the Government of India Earlier when you were an outsider you felt that the government inflated its projections What do you feel now I have been here almost 31 months and every day has been a 24/7 high It has been spectacularly exciting because my bosses and my team have given me a lot of space The government has been very very open to listening What they finally act on remains to be seen and it is their prerogative but in terms of the scope to analyse it has been almost unrestricted On the other question you have certain luxuries as an outsider which you trade for other luxuries as an insider As an insider you get so much opportunity to be a part of things… The government has given me a lot of space to be completely candid I am not in any way muzzled WATCH VIDEO |Idea Exchange With Arvind Subramanian COOMI KAPOOR: What about inflated projections I cannot and will not say that I do think that our whole statistical apparatus is beyond political influence the people are of impeccable integrity and the changes have nothing to do with the change in government I need to say this very categorically that the methodology (for calculating growth rate) changed That coincided with perceptions about GDP numbers and so the notion that you know the uncertainties about the numbers were linked to the changes is completely wrong Changing the methodology has certain consequences but the doubts that have been expressed would have been true even with the old methodology People like to say that the new government came the methodology changed and hence the doubts But that is a completely preposterous chain of causation Then the question remains as to what about the technical analysis of the numbers As we said in the mid-year economic analysis relative prices have changed so much because of oil prices every methodology is going to remain problematic even the old one That is what we are struggling with But we also have to look at how to deal with this internally and we are constantly doing it SHEELA BHATT: How will the GST impact the average Indian housewife Let’s say there will be direct and indirect effects The direct effect will be the absence of the negative — that because of GST prices will go up that will not happen There will be two-three indirect but very important benefits If the timing works out then over time the government will acquire a lot of resources and hence will be able to spend more on health and education for children Then if she is a small entrepreneur and now doesn’t get credit — because there are no records the banks don’t trust her — then once she files taxes as an entrepreneur she will be able to build a credit record So the whole possibility of financial inclusion and access for the average housewife will be enormous over time There will be less interface with tax administrators less corruption because of easier compliance… there will be a lot of improvement SHEELA BHATT: Earlier there was speculation about some leaders in the BJP not wanting the GST because they felt it could lead to high inflation in a year-and-a-half whichwould be closer to the 2019general election I don’t deal with the party I have dealings only with the government SHEELA BHATT: The BJP issued a statement which said that the GST is the biggest reform since 1947 Do you agree See no single piece of reform can be a be all and end all Reforms are cumulative I don’t think anyone has said GST will change the world I think two aspects of this are unprecedented It is one of the most ambitious tax reforms in Indian history I have looked at other countries that have tried to do this and in big countries with federal structures… to achieve this is unprecedented Second in terms of cooperative federalism this is a completely new experiment I may sound like an outsider here but when you think about what the European Union did after World War II they said we have to get into the habit of negotiating through every issue Here too we will be forced to think of a new form of governance in the tax sphere but it is a new experiment where the Centre and the states will have to constantly thrash through issues Transcribed by Yashee Singh & Jaydeep Saha For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: July 16 2014 6:32 pm The 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tourism, one week after the South American country qualified for its first World Cup since 1982. All I can say is that I enjoy the absolute confidence of both Soniaji and Rahulji and would continue working effectively for the party. But partymen point out that this is the first time that the Congress has delivered a public snub to Joshi in her two-and-a-half year tenure as the state party president Alsoin the last few monthsthere have been several occasions when the party bypassed Joshi or took decisions despite her opposition A case in point was the admission of former BSP parliamentarian Balihari Babu to the party on December 222009 Balihari was in direct touch with AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and preferred to join the party in Delhi rather than at the state party office Soon after joininghe said he has faith in the leadership of SoniaRahul and Digvijayomitting Joshis name altogether Party sources said her name was intentionally given a miss as she was against his admission Similarlyin spite of Joshis reservationsformer SP minister Virender Singh from Varanasi was inducted into the party in Delhi in November 2009 In the case of BSP leader Fareed Khanwho joined the Congress on January 10Joshi had openly voiced her opposition in view of his alleged criminal background Yet he was inducted into the party after submitting an affidavit which denied the allegation He joined the party at Kaushambi in presence of AICC secretary Parvez Hashmi and Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari On January 21 againdespite Joshis oppositionindependent MLA from Varanasi Ajay Rai was accepted as an associate member of the Congress Legislature Party Earlierin November 2009when Joshi refused to let some people from Lakhimpur join the party at the state headquarters before Rahul Gandhis visitUnion Minister of State Jitin Prasada ensured that they joined the party at the AICC office in Delhi According to sources in the partyJoshis decline began when she made offensive remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati on July 152009 Though it embarrassed the partyit nevertheless rallied around Joshi after the subsequent arson at her residence Rahul Gandhi even said that while he did not approve of the words uttered by Joshihe understood the sentiments behind those words Nexton December 7Joshi fuelled a controversy around Rahul saying that he had compelled an unwilling pilot to land the helicopter in zero visibility just to keep his date with the people of Sitapur This timehoweverthere was no saving grace and Rahul publicly disapproved of her statement Partymen recall that during the Lok Sabha electionsJoshi had her way in the selection of candidates On her requestand despite a short noticeSonia Gandhi had addressed a rally to seek votes for her in Lucknow on April 21 During the subsequent Assembly by-electionsticket aspirants against whom Joshi had reservations were not considered for party nomination An early change in the state Congresshoweveris unlikely Its a wait and watch situation The organisational elections are not far When the process beginsthe picture will become clear?s political career.40,3-inch) erect penis falls into the 95th percentile: Out of 100 men, The civic body employee who was not associated with the issue lodged a complaint against the mob at Wadi police station. takes you on a journey through Maharashtra, had hurled abusive remarks at people on the road. “I condemn the flogging but our village never had any issue with Dalits.

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