The Home Ministry is examining the safety of the GSTN, an information-technology backbone of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), on the basis of a reference from the Finance Ministry.
The process of granting national security clearance to the GSTN is going on, official sources said today, without giving any deadline.
The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), a not-for- profit private limited company, has 51 per cent equity of five private institutions--HDFC Bank Ltd (10 per cent), HDFC Ltd (10 per cent), ICICI Bank Ltd (10 per cent), NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Ltd (10 per cent) and LIC Housing Finance Limited (11 per cent).
The central government has 24.5 per cent equity in the GSTN, whereas state governments, two Union territories and empowered committee of state finance ministers together hold another 24.5 per cent stake in it.
The finance ministry is looking into the GSTN with the economic security's respect whereas the home ministry is examining any threat to national security by any of the stake holders in the company, the sources said.
No time frame can be decided for grant of the clearance, they said.
The procedure of grant of security clearance to the GSTN involves background checking of office bearers and others concerned.
The Centre plans to roll out the GST, which will subsume a number of central and state's taxes like excise duty, service tax and Value Added Tax (VAT), from July 1.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has earlier opposed the majority stake for private entities in the GSTN and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.
Recently, the Centre has rejected an RTI plea seeking details of security clearance given to the GSTN saying the information was exempted as it relates to national security matter.