New Delhi: Shutting down claims on raising the rates of goods and services tax (GST) to boost revenues, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ‘buzz is everywhere other than my office. The Finance Minister on Friday addressed a press conference at the National Media Centre in New Delhi.

As per a report, the agenda of the press meet included a discussion on private investment, the global economic slowdown, the economic measures put forth before the Parliament and their progress before the commencement of the winter session of the Parliament.

Later in the meet, Sitharaman also lambasted at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Rape in India’ remark. “We are talking about women and their dignity. I could have definitely gone hammer and tongs on that matter…It is a matter of shame that a senior leader of Congress speaks forgetting about the dignity of women,” Sitharaman said, according to news agency ANI.

Commenting on the onion price, the finance minister claimed that it is gradually reducing at several places. She also said that a group of ministers had noted in a meeting that the onion price is being reviewed at a gap of one to two days and other import-related issues are being discussed. “Onions are a fast perishable commodity. Due to rain in some places, flooding in some other, crop extent was less and hence the less output. Due to this, it has gone out of a certain reasonable level. Govt is taking steps to import & bring onions to the market as soon as possible,” Sitharaman was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Notably, on December 5, while introducing the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman, as quoted by news agency ANI said, “Cutting down the corporate tax is not just good for headlines, not just good PR, not just good atmospherics, it’s a good reform. This government now in its second term, after taking up a lot of reformatory steps in its first term, is committed to further reforms in the days to come.”

In yet another press meet on November 20,  Sitharaman had announced that an in-principle approval was given by the Cabinet for disinvestment of stake in five blue-chip PSUs, including state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).