Sisodia seeks postponement of GST Council meet

Sisodia seeks postponement of GST Council meet
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday wrote to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, demanding postponement of GST Council meeting to be held through videoconference on Wednesday

New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday wrote to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, demanding postponement of GST Council meeting to be held through video-conference on Wednesday.

In his letter to Jaitley, Sisodia said that both the agenda items - special scheme for real estate sector and single rate of tax on lottery -- are of crucial nature and requires detailed discussion before arriving at a considered decision on the matters.

Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that “crucial issues” cannot be discussed through a video conference and conveying of a physical meeting is important to take a consolidated decision.

“I would, therefore, request to kindly postpone the proposed 33rd meeting through video-conference and call for a physical meeting at an appropriate date,” he said.

A state ministerial panel set up to review tax rate on lottery on Monday favoured a uniform GST rate of either 18 per cent or 28 per cent -- a final call on which would be taken by the GST Council at its meeting on Wednesday.

Currently, a state-organised lottery attracts 12 per cent GST while a state-authorised lottery attracts 28 per cent tax.

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