GST anti-profiteering authority gets Cabinet nod: It is real now and so are the fears of harassment
At a television panel discussion which this writer was also part of just before the launch of GST, Adhia said this would not be used against small businesses, especially retailers. So, one cannot go to the NAA that a neighbourhood department store was not reducing prices. This was, he said, to serve only as a warning to large companies which were not passing on tax cut benefits – We are watching you.
But there is nothing in the rules (indeed, there cannot be) that distinguish between big and small players. It says an interested party can write to the Standing Committee and Screening Committee with a complaint about prices not being reduced. And `interested party’ is defined merely as suppliers/recipients of goods and services.