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Sushil Modi urges Amit Mitra to postpone Empowered Committee's meeting

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Member of the Empowered Committee of State Ministers and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Friday said he has written to Amit Mitra, Chairman of the committee, to postpone the upcoming meeting to discuss state resources outside and other issues.

According to him, the proposed meeting, scheduled to be held on December 14, is supposed to consider the committee's annual report and statement of accounts.

The committee is expected to discuss about state resources and best practices in respect of resources outside the Goods and Services Tax (GST), scope of tax powers of the states and issues related to 15th Commission.

"The Empowered Committee has neither been assigned new functions nor a fresh mandate has been given to it. Accordingly, I have requested him to kindly postpone the meeting proposed to be held on December 14," Sushil Modi told reporters here after an interactive session organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.

He said all the aims and objectives of the committee revolve around implementation of VAT (value added tax) instead of the sales taxes prevailing in the states and charting a roadmap for introduction of

With the replacement of VAT or union excise duties or service taxes with GST, the empowered committee has completed the task assigned to it, he said in the letter sent to the committee's Chairman and West Bengal Minister

"It is important to note that most of the major indirect taxes are already subsumed in GST, taxes on fuel are moving towards sub-summation in and that the methodology of extending to fuels can and should be discussed in the council," the BJP leader said in the letter.

In the light of the central government resolution constituting the Empowered Committee and the subsequent announcement in the Budget speech of the then Union Minister, it is clear the "Empowered Committee does not have a mandate" to discuss issues like "state positions and best practices in respect of resources outside and the taxing powers of the states or centrally sponsored schemes grants and devolution", Modi added.



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First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 15:36 IST