Congress CMs protest against exclusion from GoM on GST waiver for COVID-19 products
Chief Ministers of the Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have questioned the Union authorities’s determination to not embrace Finance Ministers from the Congress-ruled States within the Group of Ministers (GoM) shaped to look at the problem of GST exemption to COVID-19 aid materials.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is the convenor of this eight-member committee. The different members are ministers from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana and U.P.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote on Twitter, “The Union Government has set up a GoM following the GST Council Meeting of May 28th, 2021. A deliberate attempt has been made to keep the principal Opposition party, the Congress, that has three members in the GST Council out of the GoM.”
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel stated the exclusion of the Congress was against the spirit of cooperative federalism. “Congress-ruled States are also part of the GST Council, so why have they been omitted out of this committee,” he requested. It was “deliberate” and to make sure that the Centre received to have its means, he alleged.
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has been one of many first leaders to boost the need of holding a GST Council assembly to rationalise the tax on provides wanted for the pandemic. West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra too had raised this problem. Both haven’t discovered area within the committee.
In the current assembly of the GST Council, the Ministers of the Congress-ruled States had proposed that for all items wanted to take care of COVID-19, the GST must be solely 0.1 per cent.
The GoM has to look at the necessity for GST waiver in case of COVID-19 vaccines, medicines, medical grade oxygen, pulse oximeters, check kits, hand sanitisers, oxygen remedy tools, ventilators and so on. It has to submit a report by June 8.