The Congress sat on the GST for years and did nothing. In contrast, the Modi govt both implemented this path-breaking reform and kept improving it, to benefit the common citizen in multiple ways.
Rollbacks and overhaul may provoke fiscal pain before the gain.
It is not a luxury but necessity.
Many welcome notes and ironing out of differences for the big roll out.
India's new cooperative federalism turned it into a non-reform.
If the central government is credited for bringing this legislation, then it has to be criticised for failure to meet deadlines.
The council has cleared 57 matters raised so far, along with the states' compensation law.
Timid Centre and States failed to deliver a transformational tax reform.
The Centre is bracing for a testy debate after it proposed a cess on sin goods to compensate states for losses arising from a transition to the tax.