West Bengal says Centre owes it over Rs 2,400 crore

Kolkata: The West Bengal The government has stated that Centre You owe it Rs As much as 2,409.96 crore GST Compensation, “disagreeing” With Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman‘s statement regarding the state not submitting audited numbers.

Replying These assertions are: West Bengal’s You have neglected to pay your dues Sitharaman Had said in Parliament On Friday That GST When audited figures have been provided, compensation is paid to the state. West Bengal These have not been submitted since 2017.

“… The Union FM made a statement that West Bengal has not sent GST compensation cess claim with accountant general (AG) certificate since 2017-18 to 2021-22. The state government does not agree with the statement.

“For West Bengal, so far, compensation has been paid on net basis for only two years 2017-18 & 2018-19. For The gross revenue has been used to calculate the compensation for the remainder of the periods. If If net revenue is taken into account, then GOI owes West Bengal Rs 2,409.96 Crores for the remainder” it said in a statement late on Friday.

Sitharaman had in December, too, said that GST claims of state governments will be cleared once she gets relevant papers with a certificate from their respective AGs.

The West Bengal government also rejected the finance minister’s assertion that the state owes the Centre Rs 1,841 crore for CRPF deployment.

“The Forces are deployed according to the directives of the Election Commission Of India. The The state governments are not required to consent to the deployment of Central “Forces during elections”, the statement stated.

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