After registering dissent over the GST Council selections on Covid-related supplies, West Bengal Finance Minister, Amit Mitra,on Monday mentioned that the Council was shifting away from a consensus-based method and slipping into an authoritarian and majoritarian method.
Citing a number of examples of a “dramatic shift”, Mitra mentioned that the GST Council was the one federalist establishment, however in the previous couple of years, an all-powerful, authoritarian and majoritarian method was creeping into the GST Council.
One of many situations that Mitra identified associated to borrowing to fulfill compensation shortfall of states. “We had mentioned that the Centre ought to borrow from its particular window of the Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI). However regardless of lengthy sittings within the forty second assembly of the GST Council, no choice was made,” he mentioned.
However when the RBI prompt the identical, the Union authorities accepted, he identified. “The choice was made exterior the council. This undermines the credibility of the GST Council,” added Mitra.
Mitra’s feedback got here after his letter to Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, expressing anguish, shortly after the “single agenda” GST