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13 states submit borrowing option to Centre to fund GST shortfall

By: PTI | New Delhi |

Updated: September 13, 2020 10:25:19 pm

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Six extra states – Goa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh – will probably be giving their option in a day or two, finance ministry sources stated. 

As many as 13 states dominated by the BJP and events which have supported it on numerous points have submitted their borrowing choices to the Centre to meet the GST income shortfall.  These 13 states embody Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya.

Six extra states – Goa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh – will probably be giving their option in a day or two, finance ministry sources stated.  In the present fiscal, the states are watching a staggering Rs 2.35 lakh crore Goods and Services Tax (GST) income shortfall.  Of this, as per the Centre’s calculation, about Rs 97,000 crore is on account of GST implementation and relaxation Rs 1.38 lakh crore is the impression of COVID on states’ revenues.



The Centre late final month gave two choices to the states to borrow both Rs 97,000 crore from a particular window facilitated by the RBI or Rs 2.35 lakh crore from market and has additionally proposed extending the compensation cess levied on luxurious, demerit and sin items past 2022 to repay the borrowing.

Of the 13 states, 12 have most well-liked to go for borrowing from the particular window facilitated by the RBI. These states are AP, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim,Tripura, UP, Uttarakhand and Odisha.  Only Manipur has thus far opted for borrowing from the market.

However, the non-BJP dominated states are at loggerheads with the Centre over the difficulty of funding the shortfall.

Chief ministers of six non-BJP dominated states of West Bengal, Kerala, Delhi, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu have written to the Centre opposing the choices which require states to borrow to meet shortfall. Sources stated a number of states as a substitute of expressing their option choice have submitted their views to the Chairperson of the GST Council and are but to determine on the choices.

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The GST Council in its forty first assembly on August 27, 2020, had given two borrowing choices to its member states to allow them to meet their compensation shortfall at single rate of curiosity on the RBI’s single window facilitated by the Finance Ministry.

Sources stated the Council additionally mentioned that within the present financial situation it is probably not attainable to enhance tax charges or do rate rationalisation to meet up the compensation shortfall. However, borrowing might be an option to tackle this problem. The central authorities is dedicated to serving to the states to the utmost to meet the compensation shortfall via borrowing, they talked about.

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