Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on the economy on Tuesday. She said that the increasing interest of youth in taxi services like Ola and Uber is a major reason for the slowdown in the auto sector. People severely criticized the finance minister for this statement. Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today defended Sitharaman. Gadkari said people misunderstood the Finance Minister’s statement. He said that there are many reasons behind the recession, Ola and Uber are one of those reasons.
He Described the public transport as the major reason for this. Gadkari said that better public transport across the country is also a reason for the recession. In an automobile company program, Gadkari said that there have been many reasons behind the steady decline in the auto sector in the last few months. He gave the example that general auto-rickshaw sales have been affected by the increase in sales of e-rickshaws.
‘Decision to reduce GST is in the hands of GST Council’
There was also a demand for help from the government from the auto sector to overcome the recession. There was a demand to reduce GST from 28 percent to 18 percent. Regarding this, Gadkari said that the GST Council will take any decision on GST. He said that I hope the Finance Minister will talk to the states to reduce GST.
No increase in traffic penalty, plans to make profits: Gadkari
On the enhanced penalty for breaking traffic rules under the new Motor Vehicles Act, Gadkari said that they have done this because we care about people’s lives. He said, ‘This is not a plan to raise any profits. Are you not worried about the death of one and a half lakh people? If the state government wants to reduce it, is it not true that people neither follow the law nor are afraid of it. ‘