Apprehensions About GST Unfounded: PM Modi

Narendra Modi chairing 20th interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, in New Delhi on July 12, 2017
Narendra Modi chairing 20th interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, in New Delhi on July 12, 2017

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, chaired his twenty-first interaction on Wednesday through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.

According to a government statement, the first twenty meetings of PRAGATI have seen a cumulative review of 183 projects with a total investment of Rs. 8.79 lakh crore. Resolution of Public Grievances has also been reviewed in 17 sectors.

In the twenty-first meeting, the Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to patents and trademarks.

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He noted the improvement in performance, asked the concerned officers to work towards further expediting the processing of patent and trademark applications.

Officials explained the steps taken towards speeding up the grant of patents and trademarks, including enhanced manpower. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of using latest available technology, to streamline the process, and reach global standards in this regard.

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Modi reviewed the progress of nine vital infrastructure projects worth over Rs. 56,000 crore in the railway, road, power and oil pipeline and health sectors, spread over several states.

He also reviewed the progress of the Smart Cities Mission and appreciated the participation of cities in the challenge route. He said the challenge before everyone is now to ensure implementation and expeditious completion of the work in the 90 identified cities, with high quality.

Modi said that the apprehensions with regard to GST have been proven to be unfounded, and a smooth transition has happened. He asked all Chief Secretaries to further boost efforts to increase registration under GST, and to achieve a quantum jump in this regard within a month.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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