Economy

Sushil Kumar Modi resigns as GST panel chief

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on June 17, 2013

A file photo of Sushil Kumar Modi, Chairman of GST Empowered Committee.

Sushil Kumar Modi, who ceased to be Bihar Finance Minister following the JD(U)-BJP split, today resigned as the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers looking into the implementation of the proposed new indirect tax regime — Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“I have demitted my office as Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Bihar. I have also resigned from the post of Chairman, Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers,” he stated in a letter to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

GST rollout

In his letter, Modi pleaded for early payment of CST (Central Sales Tax) compensation to states to build the trust between states and union to ensure early roll-out of GST, which has missed several deadlines.

This development could delay the implementation of GST further as the new Chairman would have to start afresh building consensus among all states.

In 2011, Modi replaced Asim Dasgupta, who had resigned following the defeat of Left-Front Government in West Bengal.

The GST Bill, introduced in Parliament in 2010, is being vetted by the Standing Committee on Finance. After the committee submits its report, the states and the Centre would together finalise the draft and bring it back to Parliament.

Modi had earlier said that 80 per cent consensus has been built on the Bill.

Common tax regime

The proposed GST will bring in a common tax regime for goods and services by subsuming most indirect taxes, and is expected to help increase the revenue mop-ups.

GST rollout has missed several deadlines on account of differences over the contentious issue of Central Sales Tax compensation and design of the GST structure between the states and the Centre.

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Published on June 17, 2013
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