Non-BJP-ruled states are demanding the center not to impose decisions and increase the GST compensation period

New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) Chief ministers of some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states on Sunday asked the Center not to “forcefully” impose its policies but to strengthen cooperative federalism.

He also demanded an extension of the fixed term for payment of compensation to the states by five years for the lack of revenue due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

At the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the chief ministers raised the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, support to states to deal with natural calamities, insurance of cultivation and Kisan credit card, irrigation facilities, royalty rates for minerals Issues related to amendment, National Education Policy etc. were also raised.

According to official sources, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee insisted that the Center should look “more seriously” at the demands of the state governments. Mamata told the meeting that no policy should be imposed on state governments and they should not be pressured to implement the National Education Policy (NEP). He has called for “greater cooperation” between the Center and the states.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Center should not go against the federal structure of the Constitution and laws should be made in consultation with the states on the subjects listed in your concurrent list. Vijayan said the central government should refrain from making laws on matters in the state list of the Constitution.

He asked the Center not to “challenge” federalism. Vijayan said steps should be taken to increase Kerala’s debt limit as the state is yet to recover from the economic woes caused by Kovid.

He drew the attention of the Council to various issues related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said that the decision to tax essential commodities should be reviewed. Vijayan called for GST compensation to states to continue for the next five years.

Vijayan said that Kerala, as part of its decentralization of power initiative, has assigned the matters related to panchayats and municipalities mentioned in the 11th and 12th schedules of the Constitution to the autonomous local bodies. Therefore, the Center must also keep this aspect in mind while distributing the consolidated funds to the states, he added.

The Chief Minister also sought technical support and financial assistance from the Center for the manufacture of value added products from coconut, setting up of new processing plants for the production of palm oil and the production of peanut

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday reiterated his demand to the Center to extend the compensation period to states by five years for the revenue shortfall due to the implementation of GST. He also demanded revision of royalty rates that Chhattisgarh gets in exchange for coal and other important minerals.

Addressing the seventh meeting of the Steering Committee of NITI Aayog, Baghel said that GST compensation, transfer of amount collected from coal block companies as “additional tax” and compensation of 11,828 crores of rupees incurred by the state government for the eradication of Naxalism. the demand of the state.

In a statement issued by the Chhattisgarh government, Baghel said that the states have suffered a loss of revenue due to the GST tax system. Since the Center has not made any arrangement to compensate the state for next year’s revenue shortfall of around Rs 5,000 crore, the GST compensation subsidy should continue for the next five years after June 2022.

It was decided to compensate the states for the revenue shortfall after the national GST was implemented on July 1, 2017, which ended on June 30 this year.

The non-BJP-ruled states of Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Rajasthan have already demanded an extension of the compensation period by five years.

Baghel said Chhattisgarh had received Rs 13,089 crore less from central taxes in the central government’s three-year budget, adding to the pressure on the state’s resources. He also requested the revision of tariffs on coal and other important minerals. The chief minister also demanded swift action on other pending demands of the state government, such as the return of deposits in the New Pension Scheme.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann raised the issue of legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) on crops to protect farmers’ interests. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also urged the Center to ensure a “foolproof marketing system” for alternative crops. According to an official statement, Mann said that agriculture is no longer a profitable venture and every effort should be made to rescue farmers from this situation, so the central government should take action.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said that his state is hit by natural calamities almost every year, hence the need to create a special “focus” state and allocate funds for it.

Patnaik made this request while addressing the seventh meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

According to a statement, Patnaik told the meeting that the state and central governments are political entities and sometimes there are disputes in the implementation of central schemes. NITI Aayog can resolve these issues like a Lokpal.

He said this would encourage cooperative federalism and speedy implementation of schemes. Patnaik said, “Team India has shown its determination under the leadership of the Prime Minister to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Congratulating the athletes who made the country proud, he said that today India is showing its sportsmanship at the Commonwealth Games. Patnaik said that India is poised to become an economic superpower and NITI Aayog can play an important role in this direction.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has demanded a special package from the Center to deal with the drought situation in the state. He also demanded a package for the development of irrigation facilities in the state. Seeking the intervention of NITI Aayog, he asked to issue necessary instructions to facilitate acceptance of Kisan Credit Card by all banks.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said his government is giving top priority to the agriculture sector as it accounts for 35 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). Likewise, effective policies are being implemented in the field of education to improve outcomes and make children competitive.

A statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Amravati said that at the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting, the Chief Minister highlighted his government’s initiatives in two areas.

In BJP-ruled states, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said use of latest technology and crop diversification is being encouraged in the state. He said that under the ‘Mera Pani-Meri Virasat’ plan, an area of ​​46,249 hectares has been diversified into paddy.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his state’s contribution will go a long way in fulfilling the dream of making India a $5 billion economy and will achieve the goal of turning se in a 1,000,000 million dollar economy in the next five years.

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