Centre hints at cost of ‘hand of God’ GST dues to states


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 8

On a day that noticed a number of Opposition-ruled states remaining adamant on being compensated for your entire GST shortfall, the Centre on Tuesday softened its stand and mentioned your entire shortfall will likely be made good.

The assurance about “full compensation” would indicate that the portion ascribed to “hand of God’’ may even be transferred to the states.

The Centre’s assurance got here after at the least 9 states rejected each the choices provided by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought an early assembly of the GST Council. Those states that have been the primary to simply accept one of many two choices have been criticised by their political rivals for allegedly permitting themselves to be shortchanged by the Centre.

Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana and Delhi have opposed each the choices, whereas Karnataka, Assam and Bihar have been among the many first to decide on the primary of the 2 choices provided by Sitharaman to compensate states for Rs 2.35 lakh crore in GST dues.

Under the primary, the GST associated shortfall was Rs 97,000 crore whereas the remainder was misplaced resulting from “hand of God” (Covid-related disruptions). States got leeway to borrow extra from the market in the event that they accepted this selection. Under the second choice, the states would have gotten your entire quantity however additional borrowing was conditional akin to eliminating free rural electrical energy.

Though the Centre appears to have softened its stand, the fine-print stays to be revealed. Moreover, states are reluctant to borrow and wish the Centre to make good the shortfall by approaching the RBI. However, the Centre says its borrowing calendar is full and any additional calls for will push up the price of borrowing for everybody, together with the personal sector which may even be searching for to boost cash from the market.

Besides, the Centre can borrow on the safety of its personal assets which is the Consolidated Fund of India. It can’t borrow on the safety of the GST compensation cess which is owned by the states.

The Centre plans to increase the compensation cess past its cut-off of 2022 to settle the compensation dues.



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