New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has taken on the government over India’s promotion in the World Bank rankings on Ease of Doing Business, saying, “everyone knows the truth”.
“Sabko maloom hai ‘ease of doing business’ ki hakikat, lekin khud ko khush rakhne ke liye ‘Dr Jaitley’ yeh khyaal acha hai,” tweeted Gandhi.
The Congress vice-president was referring to India’s 30 place jump in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings. While the government has been sounding it as an endorsement of the reforms implemented by the Narendra Modi government, the World Bank in its report had stated that it took into account only the two major Indian cities of Mumbai and Delhi.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, citing the report, had said that India was the only major country to have been named for undertaking structural reforms by the World Bank. “Biggest jump India got in the ease of doing business was on taxation reforms,” Jaitley said.
Gandhi, who was on Wednesday addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Bharuch district, continued his attack in his speech and said, “Congress leaders pleaded with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the government to not implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) in haste by they refused. GST should never be over 18% and there should not be multiple taxes.”