ITC Current Affairs - 2019
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ITC Group’s present Managing Director (MD) Sanjiv Puri was elevated as new Chairman and Managing Director of company. His appointment comes after noted industry leader and erstwhile ITC Chairman Yogi C. Deveshwar died on 11 May 2019.
- Y C Deveshwar (aged 72) had stepped down from ITC’s executive role in 2017 but remained non-executive chairman of company. He was ITC’s longest serving Chairman and corporate head.
- Later in 2017, as part of succession planning in company, the ITC group split the role of company’s Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Y C Deveshwar then mentored the executive management led by Sanjiv Puri.
- He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Wharton School of Business.
- He joined ITC in 1986.
- Since 2015 he was a director on the board of company.
- In February 2017 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), assuming independent charge of executive leadership of ITC.
- ITC stands for ‘India Tobacco Company’, is India’s largest cigarette company.
- It was established in 1910 and is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- It has diversified presence in various business like Cigarettes, Packaging, Hotels, Agri-Business, Paperboards & Specialty Papers, Packaged Foods & Confectionery, Information Technology, Branded Apparel (Wills), and other FMCG products.
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The GST council has decided to slash the tax rate on under-construction residential properties and the affordable housing projects category.
Decision of GST council
- The GST council has reduced the GST rate for under construction from the present 12 per cent to 5 per cent.
- The GST rate for affordable housing category is now 1 per cent compared to the present 8 per cent.
- The new rates will be applicable from April 2019.
- For both under construction and affordable housing category the builders would not be able to claim the input tax credit (ITC) which they used to get when the tax slabs of 8 per cent and 12 per cent were applicable.
- To ensure that the benefits of tax reduction are passed on to the consumers the government has created more conditions, especially for the affordable housing category.
- Houses under the affordable housing category.are divided into two categories metro and non-metro.
- In metro areas of Delhi NCR (limited to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad), Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, the eligibility for affordable housing would be properties worth Rs 45 lakh and 60 sq metre carpet area and in non-metro cities it would be Rs 45 lakh and 90 sq metre.
- The law committee has been mandated to frame the transition rules for those already in construction.
- The government has created a safety net to ensure that the removal of input tax credit doesn’t drive the sector to the cash-based one, especially in black by mandating the builders selling houses under the normal and affordable category to procure a large percentage of their inputs from GST registered suppliers.
This decision of the GST council is expected to push demand and increase sales of under-construction properties. The new norms may even bring many more properties, even in the premium segment, into the affordable category.