The GST Council which met on 21 July 2018
for the 28th time to discuss and decide necessary changes in the new
indirect tax regime, exempted sanitary napkins from GST Delhi finance minister Manish Sisodia
told the press.
This exemption is a proactive response to
criticism for its earlier 12% tax on sanitary napkins.
tax on bamboo also has been slashed to 12%, media report notes.
It is also said that a new simplified filing
system will also be brought it so as to enable businesses easy compliance.
As it is, the GST collection had hit Rs 1 trillion-mark
in April, followed by Rs 94,016 crore in May and Rs 95,610 crore in June.
The move of the council is seen as an effective initiative in the
direction of simplifying the return filing process. In fact, this
simplification process, industry chamber CII has observed, will increase the
compliance rate and add to revenue buoyancy.
Going forward, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Kumar Modi has said that the GST slabs can be reduced to
three from five at present in coming days for the convenience of consumers and
Another crucial issue on the agenda, it is said, was the issue of
sugar cess. Group of Ministers (GoM), it is reported, is not in favour since it
would prove detrimental to some states.