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States rule out GST rate cut on automobiles amid grim revenue situation

Says slowdown in sector not linked to GST

Auto crisis: Wholesale numbers may take a back seat amid rising inventory

Key states have expressed reservations on a cut in the goods and services tax (GST) rate for the auto sector because of the grim revenue situation, after the fitment panel refrained from recommending any such reduction. Facing a deepening slowdown, the auto sector is pinning hopes on the GST Council meeting on September 20 for a rate cut from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. However, states including Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, and Punjab are of the view that the slowdown in the auto sector is not because of the GST rate but structural issues in the economy. “Bihar will ...