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Kerala FM slams Centre for planning to implement 'calamity cess' on GST

Kerala FM slams Centre for planning to implement 'calamity cess' on GST

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 May 2020, 06:31 pm

Thiruvananthapuram/UNI: Kerala Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac, who proposed one per cent 'calamity cess' in the previous State Budget, on Saturday slammed the Centre for its plan to implement a 'calamity cess' on GST above five percent.

Opining that this is not the time to implement a cess in the country due to the lockdown crisis, the minister alleged that the Centre was setting a new precedence and ignoring the rights of the State Governments.

He expressed his displeasure while speaking to a news channel in this regard.

It may be noted that his proposal of one per cent calamity cess in the previous State Budget was put on hold later.

Stating that all these things will be raised in the next GST Council meeting, he said many of the Centre's decisions were unprecedented, which have not been implemented by the previous Union governments or the previous Finance Commissions.

Alleging that the Centre had purposely reduced the GST rates just before the elections, he said the Centre gave only 20 per cent of the GST Fund to the state.

Kerala FM slams Centre for planning to implement 'calamity cess' on GST

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