Centre unable to pay GST dues to States: Union Finance Secretary -Sobhana K Nair

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published Published on Jul 28, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 31, 2020

-The Hindu

GST Act allows change in formula, Ajay Bhushan Pandey tells Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance.

Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, headed by BJP MP Jayant Sinha, at a meeting on Tuesday that the government is in no position to pay the GST share of States as per the current revenue sharing formula, sources said.

According to at least two members who attended the meeting, Mr. Pandey’s comments were in response to a question on the revenue shortfall due to the pandemic. The members then questioned him on how the government could renege on the commitment to the States. At this, “he [Mr. Pandey] pointed out that the GST Act has provisions to rework the formula for paying compensation to the State governments if the revenue collection drops below a certain threshold,” one of the members said on condition of anonymity.

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The Hindu, 28 July, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/centre-unable-to-pay-gst-dues-to-states-union-finance-secretary/article32216329.ece?fbclid=IwAR0eAN5d9FLfstoycTQlFMwlkgkC-iDRQ_D_OvxZchVEprO2M5HHZWDDhLc

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