Crucial GST Council meet begins, set to take vital decisions | KNO

The day-long meeting of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council being presided over by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley began amidst tight security in the Hyderabad International Convention Centre at Madhapur near here today.
Crucial GST Council meet begins, set to take vital decisions | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

News Desk

The meeting being attended by 160 delegates including finance ministers of states and Government officials is significant in more than one way as it will  constitute  a standing committee besides state-level screening committees for national anti-profiteering authority.

      This will be the third meeting of the GST Council since the launch of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1, and the 21st since it was set up in September last year.

     The Council will also discuss tax rates for about 70 goods and commodities and modalities to ensure that the  GST benefits were passed on to consumers.

     The Telangana Government, which is hosting the Council meeting, will reiterate its demand to scrap or reduce GST to five per cent on ongoing projects in the State.

     Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao had already briefed Mr.Jaitley during the former’s recent visit to Delhi about the difficulties the state would face if the tax slabs finalised for the ongoing projects were continued.

   According to state Finance Minister Etala Rajender, though the Centre had agreed to reduce the impact by slashing  tax on ongoing projects from 18 to 12 per cent, the state would still face a burden of Rs.9,000 crore.

    Mr Jaitley will hear the arguments of all the states  and take a final call on the tax slab for all Government works.

   The State Government will host a dinner for  visiting  dignitaries at  the  iconic Taj Falaknuma tonight. (AGENCIES)