Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian has said that it is easy to advocate one uniform GST rates for all goods, but it cannot be done ignoring political realities.
Addressing an event in Bengaluru, he said, no one wants to tax essentials consumed by poor.
Mr Subramanian, however, stressed the need for more simplicity and uniformity in GST rates. He said, as long as GST rates are kept relatively clean and simple, India will make progress.
For instance, the 28 per cent GST rate was brought down by GST Council over the period of time because many felt it was high, Subramanian said.-AIR