Centre places two options before states for borrowing to meet GST compensation gap

PTI

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 41st GST Council meeting via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 27, 2020. PTI Photo)

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 41st GST Council meeting via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 27, 2020. PTI Photo)

States have been given two borrowing options to meet the shortfall of GST compensation.

After chairing the 41st GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman said, the two options were placed before states so that each state does not have to struggle for loans.

Nirmala Sitharaman said, this year’s entire GST compensation gap of two lakh 35 thousand crore rupees can be met by the States, in consultation with RBI.

She said, States have requested details of both the options, and sought seven working days to deliberate on it and get back.

These options will be available only for this year.

The Minister said, once the arrangement is agreed upon by GST Council, dues will be cleared fast and also take care of the rest of the financial year.

She said the government will give a further relaxation of 0.5 percent in States’ borrowing limit under FRBM Act.

Finance Minister said there was no proposal to raise tax rates to make up for the shortfall that has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey has said, GST collection has been severely impacted due to the COVID pandemic.

(PTI)