Sun, Mar 26, 2017 | updated 10:36 PM IST

GST, demonetisation will change India's economic environment: Jaitley

Updated: Dec 01, 2016 18:12 IST

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Dec 1 (ANI): Hailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation move initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government as economic game changers, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said there is an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm as it is for the first time in the history of this country that an honest person is thinking that there are benefits of being honest.

Jaitley, who was speaking here at the seminar on 'Indian Economy-The New Norm', said the GST will ensure higher taxation as far as the Centre is concerned and also higher taxation for states.

In the wake of the escalating opposition attack on the government, he also rejected all apprehensions of the Indian economy suffering due to demonetisation.

"It is first time in the country that all honest citizens are feeling the advantage of being honest," Jaitley said.

"The effect of demonetisation will remain for one or two quarters, but its effect on the economy will be seen in the long-term," he added.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Finance Minister said it takes a lot of courage to implement such steps.

"Prime Minister Modi has created a new normal in the country where there will be less cash and more of digital currency transactions," he added.

Jaitley further said that paper currency would reduce with this step, but digital currency would find growth.

"We are half way through our term, and the Prime Minister took two tough jobs since coming to power, one was demonetisation and the other was GST. When both are implemented people of the country will see the positive difference in the economy of the country," he said.

He also said that as far as currency changes are concerned, the size of the GDP as well as tax base will significantly expand in the long run.

The Finance Minister said demonetisation is a huge step to swap 86 percent of currency of the nation.

"The hidden currency comes out, which also includes fake currency, money which is used to carry out criminal activities, money which is used by terrorist organization. It is a very bold decision," he added.

Jaitley also pointed out that this step initiated by the government has strengthened the banks.

"Ability of the banks to support the economy was decreasing and then to strengthen the banks we used to contribute from the budget," he said. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): The wildlife conservation worker, like most of their subjects, is an elusive person. To celebrate the outstanding contribution of these simple, hardworking, humble yet extraordinary people, ZEISS group acknowledged these talented individuals in wildlife conservation through their annual ZEISS Wildlife Conservation Awards and this year on March 24th, 2017 at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading wind power solutions provider, today inaugurated a state-of-the-art wind turbine blade manufacturing unit in Gujrat.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): In yet another fun filled afternoon for fashion and sports enthusiasts, India's leading fashion e-tailer, Jabong, hosted a launch event with the legendary Indian Cricket all-rounder Yuvraj Singh unveiling his sports lifestyle brand YWC on the portal.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): To bridge the huge infrastructure gap, India will need much more participation from the private sector and for these conventional modes of healthcare funding will need to be aided by innovative modes funding to improve healthcare investments in India, reveals a NATHEALTH-PwC Report which was released here today at NATEv2017, an annual seminar organized by the Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): Oxigen Services, India's largest payment solutions provider, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Tourism, Arunachal Pradesh for becoming the preferred partner for providing digital payment solution to the residents and tourists visiting the state.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday approved the re-organization of the field formations of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) for the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): India and World Bank on Saturday signed a financing agreement for IDA credit of USD 100 (equivalent) for the "Uttarakhand Health Systems Development Project".

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI-NewsVoir): Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Co. (SAM & Co) acted as the legal advisor to Coal India Limited and its subsidiaries, in the matter involving imposition of a fine on CCI of INR 1773. The Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) had set aside the order of the CCI imposing a fine on CIL, as well as two related orders and has remitted the matters back to the CCI for fresh consideration.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred 13 companies, including RIL, from dealing in equity derivatives in the Futures and Options (F&O) segment of stock exchanges, directly or indirectly, for a period of one year.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI) has been ranked 26th in the fourth edition of Fortune's 'World 50 Greatest Leaders' list.

Full Story >>

Kantar Millward Brown Media Conclave 2017

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 18:27 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): WPP -Kantar's brand, communications and media research unit Kantar Millward Brown conducted its annual Media Conclave 2017 in Mumbai. This year's Media Conclave focused on the impact of various media Ad Formats on campaign performances. The conclave played host to some of the country's top most Marketing, Media and Media Insights leads.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has 189 countries as member for Global Monetery co-operation in its conference called the Indian Government to share the success story of Demonetisation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI-NewsVoir): It has been 24 hours since Layla last had cocaine. Now on a flight to New Delhi with her children, all she can focus on is how quickly she can hook up with her friend and drug baron Leonardo so he can provide her with her next fix unaware of the intergenerational damage her choices will cause.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): With the immense success of the first edition of India Expo Shop Summit, The Indian Exhibitions, Conferences and Events Services Association (IESA), an apex organization working towards the development of the exhibitions, conferences and events services sector in India, in collaboration with key industry bodies, government organizations including Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), is organizing the second edition of the India Expo Summit 2017 (IES 2017) at India Expo Centre and Mart, in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on 17th April 2017.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): Online connecting portal for women looking to restart their careers JobsForHer marks the end of its successful two years and the beginning of its buoyant third year operations this month.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): In ICRA's view, the demand for fertilizers in H1 FY2018 will witness moderate growth, given the lower base for H1 FY2017 and improved spending power of the farmer community with higher MSPs for rabi crops and strong sowing witnessed during the season.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI-NewsVoir): Marking its presence in Gujarat, All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA), the august body of Rs. 85,000 crore rubber industries in India has opened its Gujarat chapter in Ahmedabad. As representative body of over 5,000 rubber products manufacturers in the country (largely MSMEs), AIRIA already has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata with a chapter office in Pune.

Full Story >>

Will make Goa beggar-free state: Parrikar

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 15:23 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday emphasized on making Goa the first ever beggar-free state.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): With the announcement of Rs. 978.84 crore for the social sector, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that Goa will be made a garbage free state by 2020.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): Tata Capital, the financial services arm of the Tata Group, today, announced the launch of 'myLoan' - a first-of-its kind Mobile App by the company to extend its existing personal loan offering to the emerging younger and mobile savvy audience.

Full Story >>