Facing severe criticism over the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, the government on Friday announced a slew of measures to ease the concerns of traders, exporters and small business while slashing the rates on 27 items of common consumption, including roti, khakhra, namkeens, stationery, man-made yarn — with most of them brought to 5% category.
The tax rate on services, including government contracts involving large labour, job work services in relation to imitation jewellery, some food and food products has been reduced from 12 percent to 5 percent.
Jaitley says #GST on khakra and unbranded snacks reduced from 12% to 5%. Tax on zari work, unbranded Ayurveda medicine reduced from 12 to 5% pic.twitter.com/8rrdxLXrJE— News18 (@CNNnews18) October 6, 2017
However, in the midst of all this, the thin cracker snack - khakhra, popular in Gujarat, became the centre of the discussion with many criticising Jaitely's move while others simply stuck to cracking jokes around it.
No Change in GST on Sanitary Napkins. But GST reduced on Khakhra. Because Gujarat Elections. Narendra Modi Govt has its Priorities— Joy (@Joydas) October 6, 2017
Ate too much Khakra 5% GST. Felt uneasy, went to Dr., charges were high, I asked why? he says Stethoscope, BP apparatus has 12% GST, really?— arvind swami (@thearvindswami) October 6, 2017
Which state produces max amnt of Khakhra? Which state is known for its Zari work? Which state has elections coming up in 2 months? My state. https://t.co/aR2PbVMMs7— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) October 6, 2017
Basically people will get GST relief on items that matter to them when their state has elections & the BJP worries enough about the results. https://t.co/n25TZt9idl— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 6, 2017
#આયા_પાછા_છેતરવા Arun Jaitley: GST on khakhra reduced to 5%Reporter: What do you call Khakhra in English?Arun Jaitley: Be serious... pic.twitter.com/pXi77B5ys6— Poly Sarkar (@polysmind) October 6, 2017
India's Finance Minister makes a statement on Khakra. We've truly arrived in the league of powerful nations.— Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) October 6, 2017
*Before Elections Promises*[Other States]Will give you free TV, mobile phones, electricity.[Gujrat]Will reduce price of Khakhra.— Jet Lee (@Vishj05) October 6, 2017
So what GST on sanitary napkins has not been reduced? Use Khakhra instead, it's cheaper now.— Ram Subramanian (@VORdotcom) October 6, 2017