SME Times is powered by   
Search News
Just in:   • Don't wait for last day to file returns, cautions GSTN Chairman  • Presidential polls begin in Mongolia  • PM recalls Emergency, lauds cleanliness initiatives in Mann Ki Baat  • 'SAIL-ArcelorMittal JV deal likely to be clinched next month'  • IDFC names Sunil Kakar as MD and CEO for 3 years 
Last updated: 05 May, 2017  

nitin-gadkariTHMB.jpg Tax revenue to touch Rs 30 lakh cr in two years: Gadkari

Tax.9.jpg
   Top Stories
» India, Portugal launch startup hub in first Indian PM visit
» States' fiscal deficit Rs 4,93,360 cr in FY16
» As Modi, Trump meet, all eyes on Washington
» Bank credit rose 66 times in 25 years by 2014: RBI
» Export promotion schemes will continue under GST regime: Teaotia
SME Times News Bureau | 05 May, 2017
Country's tax revenue may touch Rs 30 lakh crore over the next two years -- more than double of what it was when the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA came to power at the Centre in 2014, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

This tax revenue growth will be fuelled by the implementation of the Goods and Services (GST) Tax system as well as the November 8 demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways said at the inaugural session of the 'India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit' here.

"When our government was formed in May 2014, we had a total (tax) revenue of Rs 13 lakh crore. Over the last three years, it has increased to Rs 20 lakh crore."

"After the note-ban and the GST, the revenue will increase to more than Rs 28 lakh crore, and may even touch Rs 30 lakh crore," the Minister added.

These figures may be a bit optimistic, as Finance Ministry officials have said that the increase in total tax revenue collections in the first year of GST implementation is likely to be lower.

As against 12 percent growth projected in the 2017-18 Union Budget (at Rs 19.12 lakh crore), the actual growth is likely to be between 8 and 9 percent, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia had told IANS.

That means, the expectation of Rs 30 lakh crore would be pushed a few years further than what the minister said.

Gadkari said more revenue would mean a bigger Budget and more expenditure on infrastructure, including logistics sector.

The Minister said that from the present gross domestic product of around 7.5 percent, India needed to achieve double-digit growth figures. He said one of the major impediments to such growth was India's high logistics cost.

"If our economy is to flourish, and if we want to ensure sustainable and balanced growth in the country, we urgently need to reduce our logistics cost to globally comparable rates," he said.

Logistics costs in India are currently at a high level of 13 to 14 percent of the GDP, and sometimes even cross 15 percent, compared with around seven to eight percent in globally competitive economies.

Gadkari said the government's basic mission was to reduce poverty in the country and developing logistics could go a long way to achieve that.

Due to the shortage of warehouses, large quantities of agricultural produce is ruined every year which leads to huge losses to farmers, he said.

"We need an integrated approach to develop logistic infrastructure over the next few years to ensure sustainable lives for people living in rural areas," Gadkari said.

He said with the central government giving the highest priority to infrastructure, it would not only make lives easier for the farmers, but would also generate employment and lead to "balanced" development.

"But this needs cooperation, coordination and communication between various stakeholders, including the railways, waterways and highways as well as other sectors including skill development," Gadkari added.

During the inaugural function, an MoU was signed between DP World and National Investment Infrastructure Fund to develop projects spanning the port and logistics sectors.

The summit, which ends on Friday, aims to facilitate constructive dialogue for the development of multi-modal infrastructure in the country.
 
Print the Page Add to Favorite
 
Share this on :
 

Please comment on this story:
 
Subject :
Message:
(Maximum 1500 characters)  Characters left 1500
Your name:
 

 
  Customs Exchange Rates
Currency Import Export
US Dollar
65.15
63.50
UK Pound
83.40
80.60
Euro
73.45
70.95
Japanese Yen 59.75 57.70
As on 26 Jun, 2017
  Daily Poll
Should Govt tax farm income above certain level?
 Yes
 No
 Can't say
  Commented Stories
» Starting an import export business: Basic guide for beginners(31)
» Poor state of state finances(13)
» PMEGP to assist entrepreneurs financially: Dinesh Rai(2)
» Govt. approves subsidy for 2,221 cold storages(1)
» Air India unions warn govt of industrial unrest(1)
 
 
About Us  |   Advertise with Us  
  Useful Links  |   Terms and Conditions  |   Disclaimer  |   Contact Us  
Follow Us : Facebook Twitter