Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said the state government was against any move to encroach on the state’s rights to levy taxes and would put forth its view in the GST Council meeting on Friday. He was responding to questions on whether the GST Council meeting to be held in Lucknow on Friday may consider taxing petrol, diesel and other petroleum products under a single national GST regime, a move that requires the Center and states to There may be heavy compromise on revenue by both the governments. They collect these products by taxing them.
Pawar, who holds the charge of Maharashtra’s finance department, told reporters here that the Center is free to levy taxes, but what comes under the state’s jurisdiction should not be touched. “If there is any move to do so, the state government will put forth its view in tomorrow’s GST Council meeting,” he said. Pawar said the central government should abide by all the assurances made in Parliament when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act of ‘one nation one tax’ was enacted.
“We are yet to get Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 32,000 crore of our share of GST refunds. Apart from excise duty and stamp duty, the largest pool of revenue for the state government is from GST. Earlier this week, the Maharashtra government This highlighted the state’s issues with respect to finance during the discussion with the members of NITI Aayog,” he said.