GST council meet: Panel of 7 finance ministers to decide on calamity tax

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after the 'Annual Review Meeting with Public Sector Banks', in New Delhi, Tuesday (Photo: PTI)
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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after the 'Annual Review Meeting with Public Sector Banks', in New Delhi, Tuesday (Photo: PTI)

Abhishek Waghmare New Delhi
The GST Council on Friday set up a seven-member group of ministers (GoM) to examine ways to mobilise revenue for relief works after natural calamities.

The GoM will decide whether it should be a pan-Indian levy, and if it should be confined to luxury or sin products. It will also deliberate upon what kind of natural calamities should be considered. 

While Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi was named convenor of the GoM, Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac, who spearheaded the need for such a tax/cess, is a member.

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First Published: Sep 28 2018 | 10:42 PM IST

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