The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Finance Bill, 2014 by a voice vote, with which the legislative proposals notably on direct and indirect taxes proposed in the national budget for this fiscal can now become effective formally.
The bill was passed after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave his reply to the debate on the budget, assuring the house that the measures he had outlined would create more jobs, generate economic activity and achieve higher growth, without burdening the people.
"Ours is not a high-tax government," the finance minister said. "A high tax government cannot promote business activity, since it will make domestic products non-competitive. High taxes also drive consumers away. Consumers buy products, they don't buy taxes."
He also assured the house that his government would not resort to indiscriminate levy of taxes with retrospective effect, and said such actions only created additional liabilities on businesses while sending wrong signals to investors.
"We want to revive investor sentiment which had been disturbed.", the minister added
During his reply, the finance minister said the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also moving fast on bringing back the ill-gotten money stashed away by Indians in tax havens abroad.