GST Council meeting: Amit Mitra urges Sitharaman to call GST Council meet | India Business News

NEW DELHI: West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra has written to Union FM Nirmala Sitharaman to urgently convene a meeting of the GST Council and discuss the issue of compensation shortfall to states and other pending items.
“You are kindly aware that the GST Council was mandated to meet once in every quarter. Unfortunately, this solemn mandate has been violated twice over, by not calling a meeting of the Council for two consecutive quarters — not even virtually. This has undermined a federal institution, where all states are represented irrespective of political parties, regions or size of population, along with the government of India. I fear that not holding meetings regularly also lead to a trust deficit,” Mitra, who has been inducted as the FM for a second stint in the new TMC government, said in his letter.
He said in order to restore the sanctity of the Council, a virtual meeting of the GST Council, as was done last October be convened. He said not meeting every quarter to discuss vital issues is not in line with the “very principle” of cooperative federalism. “May I point out that among many matters that need to be discussed most urgently at the GST Council, is the alarming shortfall that is expected in the compensation to states,” said Mitra.


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