Business confidential: GST panels and Jaspal Bhatti’s Flop Show

GST panels and Jaspal Bhatti's Flop Show

Two missed deadlines and several committees later, the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) has become the butt of the joke not only amongst officials and journalists, but also amongst the ministers involved in the exercise. When a journalist asked a state finance minister about the developments of the recent meeting between finance minister P Chidambaram and the empowered committee of state finance ministers on GST, he invoked the late satirical humourist Jaspal Bhatti's Flop Show and quipped — "Hona kya hai, do aur committee ban gayi hal nikalne ke liye". He was referring to the sitcom's episode which shows the government bureaucrats appointing countless committees for taking even the smallest of decisions.

Some ideas in a box please

The government may not always be welcome to ideas from outside, but civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has decided to change things around a bit. Singh has put up an ideation box just outside his office at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan and anyone who has an idea can put it in the box. While the impact of the box remains to be seen, at least the idea has begun.

Power gets fresh energy

New power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has kicked-off a whirlwind round-up session with all the CPSUs under his charge. NTPC, NHPC and Power Grid Corporation are among the ones that have been asked to offer presentations. Insiders in the ministry and those in the utilities are reportedly impressed by the young minister's energetic interventions in these sessions. A fresh lease of perspective, they say, is desperately required in a ministry that has, for long, been headed by non-performers.

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