Situation akin to economic emergency prevailing in country: Congress

DW BUREAU / CHANDIGARH

Accusing the BJP-led Union government of fiscal mismanagement, the Congress on Saturday claimed that a situation akin to an “economic emergency” was prevailing in the country with the Centre having “no money” to pay to states in GST compensation. “Why are they not giving GST share to states? It became clear on Friday when it came to the fore that the country’s fiscal deficit has reached 102.4 per cent of the 2019-20 Budget estimate at Rs 7.2 lakh crore at the end of October,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said while talking to the media here.

“It meant that the government had no money that is why they are keeping the states’ share of the GST. A situation like an economic emergency is prevailing in the country,” alleged Surjewala .

The senior Congress leader further said many states, including Punjab and West Bengal, had not been given their GST

compensation.

On November 20, finance ministers of Punjab, West Bengal, Kerala, Delhi and Rajasthan had appealed to the Centre to release their GST compensation without any delay.

(editor@dailyworld.in)

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