New Delhi, May 15
Days after the Finance Ministers of Punjab and West Bengal questioned the Centre for not convening the GST Council for over six months, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday that its next meeting would be held on May 28 to discuss Covid relief. The last meeting was held in October.
Earlier this month, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had raised concerns over the Centre taking unilateral decisions on subjects that come under the purview of the GST Council.
Punjab wants the council to discuss whether the GST should be exempted on Covid-related items and relief be given to worst-hit sectors such as aviation, hotels, commercial reality and retail. — TNS