The package deal could also be mentioned on the subsequent GST Council assembly and will embrace monetary help for particular initiatives, permission for a particular levy and versatile borrowing choices amongst others. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had mentioned final week in Parliament that the compensation interval will finish in June 2022.
Officers within the finance ministry mentioned the federal government is conscious of the monetary difficulties of some states and is engaged on each short-term and long-term measures to help them. “Some states have real issue, primarily hill states. Some states have additionally requested permission for a particular levy,” a senior ministry official advised ET.
Hill States Lack Income Sources
“All these choices are being checked out and might be mentioned on the subsequent GST council assembly,” the official mentioned.
With help from the Niti Aayog, the Centre can be planning to assist revenue-deficit states determine initiatives and sectors that may shore up income collections. States had been assured compensation for any lack of income for the primary 5 years when GST was rolled out on July 1, 2017.
In line with MS Mani, accomplice, Deloitte India, whereas there’s a outstanding enchancment in complete GST assortment, there may be divergence amongst states that must be analysed. “There may be vital divergence amongst states with will increase within the vary of two% to 23% amongst the big states,” he mentioned.
Key opposition-ruled states akin to Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have demanded that the compensation interval be prolonged.
A number of the BJP-ruled ones like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have additionally requested the Centre to increase the compensation interval past June 30.
Many of the hill states lack their very own income sources, growing their dependence on the Centre. A particular non permanent levy on GST may assist them meet monetary difficulties. Nevertheless, such levies distort the tax construction and are often prevented.