In India, the idea of adopting GST was first suggested by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government in the year 2000. The state finance ministers formed an Empowered Committee (EC) to create a structure for GST, based on their experience in designing State VAT. Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax used in India on the supply of goods and services. The tax rates, rules and regulations are governed by the GST Council which consists of the finance ministers of the central government and all the states.
The tax came into effect from 1 July 2017 through the implementation of the One Hundred and First Amendment of the Constitution of India by the Indian government. The GST replaced existing multiple taxes levied by the central and state governments. PM Modi described GST as a tool that has brought growth, simplicity and transparency. The government has announced July 1 as ‘GST Day’, to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the new indirect tax regime.
Here’s the tweet posted by Narendra Modi on the “GST Day” of year 2018 :
GST has brought growth, simplicity and transparency. It is:— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 1, 2018
Furthering ‘Ease of Doing Business.’
Benefitting small and medium enterprises. #GSTForNewIndia pic.twitter.com/IGGwUm59rB
Now, Tamil actress Harathi who is know for acting in films such as Giri, Padikkadavan and Kutty posted a tweet questioning the GST amount being deducted for Exam fees. In the screenshot Harathi shared, we can see 18 % of GST charged for each Examination. Here’s the picture shared by her :
“Do exam fees also include GST ?? Doesn’t anything needs to be done with some justice ?” asked Harathi by writing “Exam fees க்குகூடவா GST???? எதுக்கும் ஒரு நியாயம் வேண்டாமா???” in Tamil. Check out her tweet here :
Exam fees க்குகூடவா GST????— Actress Harathi (@harathi_hahaha) August 5, 2020
எதுக்கும் ஒரு நியாயம் வேண்டாமா??? 🙄 pic.twitter.com/Hg69jJA7Cz
As per GST Law 2017, there is no GST payable on Services provided to an educational institution, by way of services relating to admission to, or conduct of examination by, such institution up to higher secondary. The most essential goods and services attract nil rate of GST under Exempted Categories. So the rate of GST payable on Services provided to an educational institution, by way of services relating to admission to, or conduct of examination by, such institution is nil rate. However, it is believed that institutions are charging 18 % of GST for short term courses.
Check out some of the reactions received by the tweet of Harathi :
ராமர் கோவில் கட்ட காசு வேணும்ல அக்கா..— தீனா prem😍 (@premdeena003) August 5, 2020
Idhai ellam ketta namala anti Indian nu soldranga— தளபதி S.சந்தோஷ் (@Santhoshselvak8) August 5, 2020
Ennaaa pannaaa election time laaa koncham sinthichu saiel patuerunthaal this all are not happened…— Jacksandi (@Jacksandip1) August 5, 2020
Harathi was last seen in Bigg Boss show as participant. She won the Best Female Comedienne awards from Ananda Vikatan for two consecutive years. Subsequently, in 2012, she was described as “Kollywood’s most sought after comedienne”. During the same year, she was awarded the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian