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Cabinet clears proposal to convert GSTN into government-owned company

Fifty per cent stake will be owned by the Centre and the remaining by the states on pro-rata basis in the new structure

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ministers panel to resolve GSTN issues: Arun Jaitley
Illustration: Ajay Mohanty

The Wednesday cleared a proposal to convert (GSTN), which provides IT infrastructure for the new indirect tax regime, into a 100 per cent government-owned company, Finance Minister said.

Briefing reporters about the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting, the finance minister said after the restructuring of GSTN, ownership will be equally divided between the Centre and states. Shares for each state will be worked on a pro-rata basis.

Currently, the Centre and states together hold 49 per cent stake in the The remaining 51 per cent is held by five private financial institutions -- HDFC Ltd, HDFC Bank Ltd, ICICI Bank Ltd, and LIC Housing Finance Ltd.

Jaitley said the policy decision to change the ownership structure of the was taken earlier and was also approved by the

Board will initiate the process for acquisition of equity held by the private companies.

The existing composition of the board will be changed through the induction of three directors from the Centre and the states and three other independent directors to be nominated by the board and one chairman and the CEO. Thus the total number of directors is 11, an official statement added.

The was incorporated as a private limited company on March 28, 2013, under the It is a Section 8 company under the new Companies Act and hence is a not-for-profit entity.

It is to be noted that BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had repeatedly raised questions about the dominance of private companies in the GSTN, terming it "a shady organisation" that was a "grave security" issue.

First Published: Wed, September 26 2018. 15:21 IST