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38th meeting of GST Council and All about GST Council

Posted on : 23 Dec 2019

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  • The 38th meeting of the GST Council met under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Finance.
  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council departed from its practice of consensus-based decision-making, opting the first time for a vote to settle differences among states.
  • Grievance Redressal Committees (GRC) will be constituted at Zonal/State level with both CGST and SGST officers and including representatives of trade and industry and other GST stakeholders (GST practitioners and GSTN etc.).
  • These committees will address grievances of specific/ general nature of taxpayers at the Zonal/ State level.
  • The council has decided to impose a single rate of 28% on state-run and authorised lottery.

About GST Council

  • Goods & Services Tax Council is a constitutional body (Article 279A) for making recommendations to the Union and State Government on issues related to Goods and Service Tax.
  • As per Article 279A of the amended Constitution, the GST Council which will be a joint forum of the Centre and the States, shall consist of the following members: -
  • the Union Finance Minister---Chairperson;
  • the Union Minister of State in charge of Revenue or Finance---Member;
  • The Minister in charge of Finance or Taxation or any other Minister nominated by each State Government---Members.
  • The Cabinet also decided to provide for adequate funds for meeting the recurring and non-recurring expenses of the GST Council Secretariat, the entire cost for which shall be borne by the Central Government.
  • Every decision of the Goods and Services Tax Council shall be taken at a meeting, by a majority of not less than three-fourths of the weighted votes of the members present and voting, in accordance with the following principles, namely: —
  • the vote of the Central Government shall have a weightage of one third of the total votes cast, and
  • The votes of all the State Governments taken together shall have a weightage of two-thirds of the total votes cast, in that meeting.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding GST Council
    1.It is a statutory body.
    2.Chairperson of this body is The Prime Minister.
    3.Every decision of the Goods and Services Tax Council is taken by a majority of not less than three-fourths of the weighted votes of the members present and voting.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 only

    3.3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 3 only

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