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With Coffers Empty, How Will Centre Pay Rs 1.5 Lakh Crore GST Dues To States?

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With Coffers Empty, How Will Centre Pay Rs 1.5 Lak
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India’s largest bank the State Bank of India (SBI) estimated in a report that the country's economy has lost Rs 38 lakh crore in the current financial year, which is 16.9 per cent of the country's gross domestic state product (GSDP).

The states hoped amid the corona crisis, the central government would help them by releasing their outstanding GST money. But instead of giving money, the central government has advised the states to borrow from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to meet their expenditure for the time being.

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The central government has refused to give money to the states because its own coffers are empty and the reason behind this is the huge decline in GST collection.

According to the Finance Ministry data, the GST collection was Rs 1,13,865 crore in April 2019, which reduced to mere Rs 32,174 crore in April 2020.

For the month of May, Rs 1,00,289 crore GST amount was collected in 2019, which reduced to Rs 62,151 crore in 2020. The GST collection was Rs 99,939 crore in June 2019, but only Rs 90,917 crore was collected in June 2020.

In July 2019, the GST collection was Rs 1,02,083 crore, which fell to Rs 87,422 crore this July.

Similarly, in August 2019, the government had collected Rs 98,202 crore as GST, which was reduced to Rs 86,499 crore in August 2020.

In easy language, the income of the government has fallen and hence it is not able to meet its expenses.

The Central Government itself has agreed in the Parliament that it has to pay the GST share of the states, of about Rs 1,51,365 crore for the current financial year (April-July 2020).

A look at the state-wise figures reveal the maximum GST compensation due to Maharashtra, which the central government has to pay, stands at Rs 22,485 crore, followed by Karnataka Rs 13,763 crore, then Uttar Pradesh Rs 11,742 crore, Gujarat Rs 11,563 crore and Tamil Nadu 11,269 crores which are yet to be paid by the Centre.

Several states including Punjab and Delhi have dismissed the suggestion of the central government to borrow money a special window facilitated by the RBI or from the market. Many state governments have expressed reservations that it will be difficult to run the states if the Centre does not release the outstanding GST dues immediately.

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