No GST on fuel!

The role of the State Council

Mumbai: A clear and unequivocal position was put forward by Maharashtra at the GST Council meeting on Friday that petrol and diesel should not be included in the scope of goods and services tax.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that fuel will not be included in the Goods and Services Tax immediately. Earlier, his statement was submitted on behalf of the state. Including petrol and diesel in the goods and services tax could cost the state Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 crore annually. This matter was raised by the state government in the council meeting, said Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar. Ajitdada was not present at the meeting but two finance secretaries, Manoj Sounik and Rajiv Mittal, represented the state. The state submitted its written statement at the meeting.

It was demanded that the state’s arrears of Rs 32,000 crore should be recovered soon. Outstanding fatigue has its effects on the state. The state has pointed out that arrears of state rights are not being paid and the state’s rights over fuel tax are being hammered. The state had also demanded a reduction in taxes on some items

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