FM Nirmala Sitharaman to chair 40th GST Council meeting through video conference

Nirmala Sitharaman the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs will chair the 40th GST Council meeting today. As per the reports, Sitharaman will participate in the meeting through video conference. 

Amid CoronaVirus outbreak, politicians are now completely relying on digital platforms. To maintain social distancing government officials are doing meetings through video conferencing. From PM Narendra Modi to Home Minister Amit Shah have used the digital medium to interact with officials and the public. Most of the state governments are also depending on digital and social media platforms to avoid gatherings. 

This meeting will be important as the Indian economy is under the spotlight post COVID19 crises. Recently, FM Sitharaman claimed that the Indian Economy is in safe hands. In response to historian Ram Chandra Guha's Tweet, she wrote, "The economy is very much in safe hands; worry not, Mr. Guha. Taking cognisance of thoughts in current national discourse+responsibly doing my job aren’t mutually exclusive. Either way, an interest in history is a plus. Surely an intellectual such as yourself should know that."

Yesterday, Pakistan's Prime Minister also questioned the current situation of the Indian Economy by offering financial help. PM Khan took to Twitter in order to show his concern by referring a report of The Tribune.  As per the report of The Tribune, 34 percent of households across India will not be able to survive for more than a week without additional assistance. 

In response to Pakistan PM Khan's offer,  Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson reminded him of the debt Pakistan has. "Pakistan would do well to recall that they have a debt problem which covers 90 percent of their GDP. As far as India goes, our stimulus package is as large as the GDP of Pakistan", replied Srivastava.