Eating out becomes cheaper for Indians

Guwahati: Restaurant bills and mass consumption items like shampoo, perfumes, chocolates, detergent, wrist watches, suitcases and mattresses will become cheaper for Indians as the General Services Tax (GST) Council which met on Friday in Guwahati city decided to move 178 items from the 25% tax slab to 18% bracket. The changes will come into effect from November 15.The announcement comes as a big relief to businesses which were struggling to cope with the new indirect tax system. The federal government defended the changes by saying such corrective steps are natural while experimenting with an intricate tax structure covering a huge list of categories. But critics said the government made the changes only to win the upcoming elections in Gujarat and Karnataka.