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23rd GST Council Meeting: Detailed list of 178 items that’ll be cheaper now



GST reduced in 23 gst council meeting

However, for luxury, sin, whitegoods, paints, cement, washing machine, air conditioners etc. will still have to follow 28 per cent slab.

New Delhi: The GST Council on Friday cut tax rates on about 173 consumer items. Now, only 50 items remain under the 28 percent slab.

The decision was taken at the 23rd meeting of the GST Council held at Guwahati on November 10, 2017.

While addressing a press conference after the meeting, the Finance Minister Arun Jately informed that earlier, 227 items lied in the 28 per cent slab. Now all types of chewing gum, chocolates, preparation for women cosmetics, shaving and after-shave items, deodorants, washing powder detergent, granite, marble, fire extinguisher, watches, blade, stove, and mattress have been put in the 18 per cent category. 

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However, for luxury, sin, whitegoods, paints, cement, washing machine, air conditioners etc. will still have to follow 28 per cent slab.

Now, eating out will also become cheaper as rate for restaurant, who don’t claim tax credit (including ac/non ac), was decided at flat 5%.

The rate of outdoor catering and for hotels below Rs 7,500 room was fixed at 18% and 5% respectively

GST rate on fly ash and fly ash brick was slashed from 18 to 5 per cent and 18 to12 percent on pasta, jute and cotton handbags.

The threshold for composition scheme was hiked to Rs 1.5 crore.

As per the details given in the press conference, during last three the implementation of GST caused loss of around Rs 60,000 crore to the Centre and Rs 30,000 crore to states.

Further, it was decided in the meeting that all taxpayers would have file return in FORM GSTR-3B along with payment of tax by 20th of the succeeding month till March, 2018.

October 2017 onwards, the amount of late fee payable by a taxpayer whose tax liability for that month was ‘NIL’will be Rs. 20/- per day instead of Rs. 200/- per day.

In an earlier meeting of the GST Council, it was decided to exempt those service providers whose annual aggregate turnover is less than Rs. 20 lakhs (Rs. 10 lakhs in special category states except J & K) from obtaining registration even if they are making inter-State taxable supplies of services.

As a further measure, it has been decided to exempt such suppliers providing services through an e-commerce platform from obtaining compulsory registration provided their aggregate turnover does not exceed twenty lakh rupees.

All service providers, whether supplying intra-State, inter-State or through e-commerce operator, will be exempt from obtaining GST registration, provided their aggregate turnover does not exceed Rs. 20 lakhs (Rs. 10 lakhs in special category States except J & K).


Goods on which the Council has recommended reduction in GST rate from 28% to 18% include:

  • Wire, cables, insulated conductors, electrical insulators, electrical plugs, switches, sockets, fuses, relays, electrical connectors
  • Electrical boards, panels, consoles, cabinets etc for electric control or distribution
  • Particle/fibre boards and ply wood. Article of wood, wooden frame, paving block
  • Furniture, mattress, bedding and similar furnishing
  • Trunk, suitcase, vanity cases, brief cases, travelling bags and other hand bags, cases
  • Detergents, washing and cleaning preparations
  • Liquid or cream for washing the skin
  • Shampoos; Hair cream, Hair dyes (natural, herbal or synthetic) and similar other goods; henna powder or paste, not mixed with any other ingredient;
  • Pre-shave, shaving or after-shave preparations, personal deodorants, bath preparations, perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations, room deodorisers
  • Perfumes and toilet waters
  • Beauty or make-up preparations
  • Fans, pumps, compressors
  • Lamp and light fitting
  • Primary cell and primary batteries
  • Sanitary ware and parts thereof of all kind
  • Articles of plastic, floor covering, baths, shower, sinks, washbasins, seats, sanitary ware of plastic
  • Slabs of marbles and granite
  • Goods of marble and granite such as tiles
  • Ceramic tiles of all kinds
  • Miscellaneous articles such as vacuum flasks, lighters,
  • Wrist watches, clocks, watch movement, watch cases, straps, parts
  • Article of apparel & clothing accessories of leather, guts, furskin, artificial fur and other articles such as saddlery and harness for any animal
  • Articles of cutlery, stoves, cookers and similar non electric domestic appliances
  • Razor and razor blades
  • Multi-functional printers, cartridges
  • Office or desk equipment
  • Door, windows and frames of aluminium.
  • Articles of plaster such as board, sheet,
  • Articles of cement or concrete or stone and artificial stone,
  • Articles of asphalt or slate,
  • Articles of mica
  • Ceramic flooring blocks, pipes, conduit, pipe fitting
  • Wall paper and wall covering
  • Glass of all kinds and articles thereof such as mirror, safety glass, sheets, glassware
  • Electrical, electronic weighing machinery
  • Fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing charge
  • Fork lifts, lifting and handling equipment,
  • Bull dozers, excavators, loaders, road rollers,
  • Earth moving and levelling machinery,
  • Escalators,
  • Cooling towers, pressure vessels, reactors
  •   Crankshaft for sewing machine, tailor’s dummies, bearing housings, gears and gearing; ball or roller screws; gaskets
  • Electrical apparatus for radio and television broadcasting
  •  Sound recording or reproducing apparatus
  • Signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for transports
  • Physical exercise equipment, festival and carnival equipment, swings, shooting galleries, roundabouts, gymnastic and athletic equipment
  • All musical instruments and their parts
  • Artificial flowers, foliage and artificial fruits
  • Explosive, anti-knocking preparation, fireworks
  • Cocoa butter, fat, oil powder,
  • Extract, essence ad concentrates of coffee, miscellaneous food preparations
  • Chocolates, Chewing gum / bubble gum
  • Malt extract and food preparations of flour, groats, meal, starch or malt extract
  • Waffles and wafers coated with chocolate or containing chocolate
  • Rubber tubes and miscellaneous articles of rubber
  • Goggles, binoculars, telescope,
  • Cinematographic cameras and projectors, image projector,
  • Microscope, specified laboratory equipment, specified scientific equipment such as for meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, geology
  • Solvent, thinners, hydraulic fluids, anti-freezing preparation

b) Goods on which the Council has recommended reduction in GST rate from 28% to 12% are:

  • Wet grinders consisting of stone as grinder
  • Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles

 Other changes/rationalisation of GST rates on goods:

  1. a) 18% to 12%
  • Condensed milk
  • Refined sugar and sugar cubes
  • Pasta
  • Curry paste, mayonnaise and salad dressings, mixed condiments and mixed seasoning
  • Diabetic food
  • Medicinal grade oxygen
  • Printing ink
  • Hand bags and shopping bags of jute and cotton
  • Hats (knitted or crocheted)
  • Parts of specified agricultural, horticultural, forestry, harvesting or threshing machinery
  • Specified parts of sewing machine
  • Spectacles frames
  • Furniture wholly made of bamboo or cane

b) 18% to 5%

  • Puffed rice chikki, peanut chikki, sesame chikki, revdi, tilrevdi, khaza, kazuali, groundnut sweets gatta, kuliya
  • Flour of potatoes put up in unit container bearing a brand name
  • Chutney powder
  • Fly ash
  • Sulphur recovered in refining of crude
  • Fly ash aggregate with 90% or more fly ash content

c) 12% to 5%

  • Desiccated coconut
  • Narrow woven fabric including cotton newar [with no refund of unutilised input tax credit]
  • Idli, dosa batter
  • Finished leather, chamois and composition leather
  • Coir cordage and ropes, jute twine, coir products
  • Fishing net and fishing hooks
  • Worn clothing
  • Fly ash brick

d) 5% to nil

  • Guar meal
  • Hop cone (other than grounded, powdered or in pellet form)
  • Certain dried vegetables such as sweet potatoes, maniac
  • Unworked coconut shell
  • Fish frozen or dried (not put up in unit container bearing a brand name)
  • Khandsari sugar

e) Miscellaneous

  • GST rates on aircraft engines from 28%/18% to 5%, aircraft tyres from 28% to 5% and aircraft seats from 28% to 5%.
  • GST rate on bangles of lac/shellac from 3% GST rate to Nil.



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Rohit Kumar Saval joins as CM Jairam’s media adviser



Rohit Kumar Saval

Shimla: Rohit Kumar Saval, who has an extensive experience in media, today joined as Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, at Shimla. Later he called on the Chief Minister and discussed issues related to media in the State.

Chief Minister said that Rohit Kumar Saval has been working for a long time with media and has a rich experience of working at State and National level. He said the role of media is very important in the dissemination of programs and policies of the state government.

His appointment as an advisor will strengthen media liaison as well as promote professionalism in the government system, he said.

Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Trilok Jamwal, OSD to Chief Minister, Mahender Kumar Dharmani, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Manisha Nanda, Director, Information and Public Relations, Anupam Kashyap, were also present on the occasion.

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HP E-Vidhan wing gifts Galaxy Note 8, laptop, printer to all MLAs, ministers



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The government said that these gifts were given to the MLAs and ministers by the E-Vidhan wing of the HP Vidhan Sabha and will be used for official work.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government on March 16, 2018, gifted electronic devices including a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which currently costs between 68,000 to 70,000 INR, a laptop, and a printer to all the elected members of the 13th Assembly including the council of ministers.

The average cost per MLA is estimated to be above one lakh INR. The total cost touches almost 1 crore INR. The Information and Technology Minister, Ram Lal Markanda, personally visited the Speaker Rajiv Bindal to deliver the gifts.

The news has attracted criticism from several groups, especially on social media and regional online news portals. The Bhartiya Janata Party has been opening scathing attacks on the previous Congress government over a debt of 46,000 crores INR.

Also, the state government did not take timely cognizance of the media reports about a 16-year-old poverty-stricken girl of Solan district who required lakhs of rupees to undergo a kidney transplant after she lost both of her own kidneys.

In the list of priorities, the gifts did come above the announcement of relief money to the girl.

Therefore, the reason for the criticism was quite apparent.  

It is being speculated that some of the MLAs have even sold or handed their copies of devices to subordinate staff or family members as they already had high-end smartphones.

However, the government said that these gifts were given to the MLAs and ministers by the E-Vidhan wing of the HP Vidhan Sabha and will be used for official work  during the current government tenure.

The Speaker said, the MLAs and Ministers will be given training regarding the operation of these electronic devices.

The effect of this step will be visible directly or indirectly in coming days. The government’s explanation that these electronics were gifted as part of the E-Vidhan program will be visible if all the recipient make themselves available to the public online.

Currently, the State government’s official websites are either not user-friendly or are in tatters and hardly contains latest data or information.  As we had mentioned earlier, the official website of the State government has still not updated the name of the Chief Minister.

The average response rate to e-mails is critically low for the government departments and the offices of the ministers.

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16-year-old Solan girl suffering complete kidney failure might live as HP Govt comes to rescue: Reports



Solan girl kidney failure case

Shimla: Deepika, a 16-year-old girl of Darlaghat region of Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, who was about to die after both of her kidneys failed, has finally seen a ray of hope. The mother, who is a widow, was helplessly watching her daughter dying on the hospital bed.    

A resident of Kashlog panchayat in Solan, Deepika is admitted at the PGI, Chandigarh. The hospital had asked the parents to arrange a donor along with depositing Rs. 19 lakh for the kidney transplant.

Before approaching the PGI, she remained admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.  

The mother, Sukhdai, came ahead as a donor. Despite having a donor, the widowed mother found herself unable to arrange this gigantic amount required for the transplant.

The call for help first appear on social media and made rounds of Facebook and WhatsApp before reaching the Hindi dailies. A couple of social organizations did extend monetary support, which proved to be insufficient.

Himachal Watcher also contacted the girl’s mother and talked to her about the status of monetary assistance from the government.

With the help of the local journalists, she was filing the required documents to complete the formality to get the monetary help from HP Chief Minister’s fund, she told Himachal Watcher today.

As per sources, a delegation of local journalists had also met the Chief Minister and apprised him of the situation.

HW had also written to the Chief Minister, the State Health Minister, Vipin Singh Parmar, and the Union Health Minister Jai Prakash Nadda seeking their attention to the dying girl.

It is pertinent to mention that the government was facing outrage on social media over the delay in taking cognizance of this critical issue related to life and death of a school-going girl. It was an opportunity for the new government to show commitment to its “Beti Bachao, Beti Padha’ campaign, and it should not lose it.  

Moreover, a couple of days ago, all the elected members of the State Legislative Assembly were given new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a laptop, and a printer. The estimated price of the Galaxy Note 8 is between Rs. 68,000 to 70,000. 

The questions were being raised as to why the government spent over one lakh on each MLA while a girl dies of poverty.

So finally, as per sources,  the Chief Minister has immediately directed the hospital to prepare for the transplant process along with submitting the estimated cost of it.

Now, Deepika may soon get on her feet and join back her school.

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