To ensure GST bill passage, 1% additional levy scrapped

To ensure GST bill passage, 1% additional levy scrapped

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The amendments proposed in the Goods and Services Tax bill scheduled to be moved by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday are expected to sail through with the government scrapping the additional levy of 1 percent proposed earlier.

Technically called the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill, 2014, it has proposed to delete Clause 18 of the original bill that intended to compensate the manufacturing states with one per cent additional duty for a period of two years or more for revenue losses.

The additional levy was also among the main objections of the opposition Congress party, whose support is necessary for the bill’s passage since the National Democratic Alliance government lacks a clear majority in the upper house of parliament.

Also Clause 19 dealing with compensation to states for a period of five years or more towards the losses they may suffer due to a shift to the new regime, has been made more specific. It now says parliament by law “shall” compensate states, as opposed to the word “may” that was used earlier.

Then Clause 12, which deals with dispute resolution between and among the Centre and states and again was a bone of contention since the original bill left this to the GST Council — has been reinforced. The amendment now calls for a standing mechanism to adjudicate disputes.

However, another Congress demand, to specify the GST rate in the statute, has not been accepted. Last week, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra chaired a GST panel meet in which all states agreed to keep the GST rate out of the bill.

The GST bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 19, 2014, and was passed by the Lok Sabha around five months later on May 6. It was then referred to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha which submitted its report on July 22.

These amendments will need to get the nod of the Lok Sabha again, following which at least 50 per cent of the states need to ratify the bill for it to become a statute. This again could be a long-drawn process, since states will have their own sets of issues and queries.

The new regime, termed as the most radical tax reform since Independence, seeks to subsume all central indirect taxes like excise duty, countervailing duty and service tax, as also the state levies like value added tax, entry tax and luxury tax to create a single, pan-India market.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here