43rd GST Council meeting today

The 43rd GST Council meeting to be be chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be held through video conferencing in New Delhi today.

The decision on the mode of payment of pending GST compensation share of the states is likely to be discussed in the meeting. The meeting will be attended by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur and Finance Ministers of States and Union Territories.

In the last meeting, Mrs Sitharaman had assured that States’ Goods and Services Tax revenue shortfall this year either due to GST implementation or due to covid will be met completely. She said, nobody is going to be denied compensation for losses.

In the 41st meeting of the GST Council in August, Centre had given two borrowing options to States to meet GST compensation requirement for the current financial year. States can borrow either 97 thousand crore rupees from a special window facilitated by the RBI or two lakh 35 thousand crore rupees from the market. The Finance Ministry had said, 21 States had opted to borrow 97 thousand crore rupees to meet the GST revenue shortfall.

However, other states did not choose any option and wanted the Centre to borrow and pay the shortfall.

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