Centre asks Sushil Kumar Modi to head GST panel

Centre asks Sushil Kumar Modi to head GST panel

New Delhi/Patna: While the centre on Tuesday offered to make Bihar deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi chairman of the high-powered committee comprising finance ministers of different states on Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it would decide on the matter only after senior party leaders take a call.

Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, said in Patna that union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked him to head the high-powered panel of the finance ministers of states on GST.

The panel was earlier led by former West Bengal finance minister Asim Dasgupta but the post fell vacant after the exit of the Left Front government in the eastern state after assembly elections, he said.

Stating that the high-powered committee had a major programme ahead for reforms in indirect taxes, Modi said the committee had earlier evolved a consensus on VAT in the country and now it has to work for evolving similar type of consensus on GST.

On whether he was ready to accept the offer, Modi said he had apprised his party high command of the request.

"Mr Modi will discuss this with senior party leaders during the Lucknow National Executive this week and then the leaders will take a call.

However, the problem is the centre is not addressing the demands and concerns of the states on the issue which it should," said party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.