BJP government is trying hard to push GST Bills in the on-going winter session. However, before that GST Council needs to agree on nuances of the GST Bills and control/ administration of GST.
Centre and States have been unable to break the deadlock on pending issues in the GST Council. Considering winter session completes on December 16, there is very little time to fit in everything and present the bill.
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Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac on Monday said he is almost sure the central government will not be able to present the supporting legislation for the goods and services tax (GST) in this session of Parliament.
“Whether the (administrative) control over those with an annual revenue of less than Rs1.5 crore should be given to the states, or should be handled by states and centre together, is only a problem of pragmatic administration. But that has become the stumbling roadblock now,” Isaac said in a Facebook post.
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“States are peeved by the centre which is sticking to its position. Seventy-five per cent government employees are from the states. States share a good rapport with small traders (taxpayers below a threshold of Rs1.5 crore). The reasons (for giving administrative power to states) go on,” Isaac said.
While the central government’s vote will carry a one-third weight, votes of all state governments put together will have a two-thirds weight. Every point attains conclusion with 3/4th majority in GST Council and administration may not get concluded in next GST Council meeting on December 11,12.
“To get a three-fourth majority, the centre needs the support of at least 16 states… The central government does not have those numbers, given the political equation within the council right now,” he said.
The only way GST Bills can be tabled in winter session is if the session gets extended.