Sitharaman stated in front of the House of Representatives that West Bengal has not filed its audited data since 2017 for GST Compensation.
The West Bengal government on Friday night said the Centre owes it Rs 2,409.96 crore, responding to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement that the state has not sent GST compensation cess claim with accountant general (AG) certificate from 2017-18 to 2021-22
In response to claims that West Bengal’s debts have been disregarded, Sitharaman stated in Parliament that GST compensation is awarded to states when audited statistics are presented, but West Bengal has not done so since 2017.
“Since 2017-18 through 2021-22, West Bengal has not submitted a GST compensation cess claim with an AG certificate, according to the Union FM. The state administration disagrees with the statement “according to a statement
“For West Bengal, only the two years of 2017–18 and 2018–19 have seen compensation paid on a net basis. Compensation has been distributed based on gross income for the remaining quarters (FY 2019–20, FY 2020–21, FY 2021-22) and the time period from 01.04.2022 to 30.06.2022. If net revenue is taken into account, the Government of India owes West Bengal the remaining Rs. 2,409.96 crore “It was added.
In December, the finance minister indicated she would clear state governments’ GST claims after receiving required papers and AG certificates.
She had said that each state’s AG has to sign a document saying that the state has to get this much money as compensation.
The West Bengal government didn’t agree with the finance minister’s claim that the state owes Rs 1,841 crore to the Centre for deploying CRPF.
“The forces are in place because the Election Commission of India told them to. The State Governments are not asked if they agree that Central forces need to be used during these elections “what was said was.
“Therefore, the expenditures associated with the deployment of CAPF soldiers for election duty should be borne by the Government of India and not by the States,” the document continued.
In response to Sitharaman’s assertion that a reconciliation report is expected from the West Bengal government regarding Gram Sadak Yojana, the Ministry of Rural Development has received all requested information.
“They requested information by mail, and it has been delivered to them in full. No other questions have been raised by MoRD regarding this report to date “said the statement.