Centre to compensate for Rs7,000 crore CST loss to states

Of the Rs7,029 crore loss incurred by the states, the Centre will release Rs3,000 crore in 2010-11 while the balance Rs4,029 crore will be given in the next fiscal, information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said

New Delhi: The government today approved Rs7,029 crore compensation to states for the losses they suffered due to reduction in central sales tax (CST) rate in 2010-11, reports PTI.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by prime minister Manmohan Singh, has approved a proposal for providing CST loss related compensation to states incurred in the current financial year, information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the meeting.

"The financial implication of this proposal is estimated at approximately Rs7,029 crore," Ms Soni said adding that Rs3,000 crore are likely to be released in 2010-11, while the balance of Rs 4,029 crore would be given in the next fiscal.

"An additional requirement of Rs 3,000 crore for 2010-11 has already been included in the budgetary outlay..," she added.

The Cabinet approved the "on account payment" of compensation to the states, pending finalisation of guidelines for revenue loss incurred by states in the current fiscal because of reduction in CST rates.

CST, a tax on movement of goods from one state to another, was reduced from 4% to 3% in 2007-08 and further to 2% in 2008-09 after the introduction of VAT, as it was considered distortionary.

States have estimated the loss at Rs20,000 crore this fiscal on this account and are demanding reimbursement for the same.

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