Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hit out on the Centre and mentioned that refusal to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation to States is nothing quick of betrayal on the half of the Narendra Modi authorities.
Her remarks got here throughout a gathering, held by way of video conferencing, with Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states and their counterparts of West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand on the problems associated to GST dues of states, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) exams.
“There are a number of issues related to Centre-State relations and since Parliament is expected to meet in less than 3 weeks. I thought we should have an interaction so that we can have a coordinated approach. GST compensation seems to be a big issue. GST compensation being paid to States on time according to laws passed by Parliament is crucial. But it is not happening. Dues have accumulated and finances of all the States are badly affected,” she mentioned.
“In the meeting of the Standing Committee of Finance on August 11, 2020, the Finance Secretary clearly stated that the Central government is not in a position to pay their mandatory compensation of 14 per cent for the current year. This refusal to compensate the State is nothing short of betrayal on the part of the Narendra Modi government, betrayal of State governments and people of India,” she mentioned.
Stating that GST was enacted for example of cooperative federalism, the Congress interim chief mentioned that the GST regime got here into existence as a result of States agreed to forgo their constitutional powers of taxation within the bigger national curiosity on the only promise of obligatory GST compensation for a interval of 5 years.
She alleged that the Central authorities continues to profiteer from unilateral cesses which aren’t shared with the States.
She mentioned that ordinances have been issued with out consulting the States on agricultural advertising and marketing and referred to as Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, 2020 as “anti-democratic”.
“There has been a national outcry in opposition to draft EIA notification 2020 which is deeply anti-democratic,” Gandhi mentioned.
She mentioned that public sector belongings created over many years are being bought out and 6 airports have been given into personal arms and Railway is additionally being privatised.
Gandhi termed the New Education Policy as a set again for progressive, secular and scientific values.
“Announcements such as those related to the National Education Policy should really worry us as it is actually a setback. Other problems of students and exams are also being dealt with uncaringly,” she mentioned.
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