Jaitley Chairs 22nd GST Council


New Delhi: The 22nd meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has begun at the Vigyan Bhawan here this morning. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is presiding over the meeting.

The GST Council is expected to look at ways to provide relief to exporters in terms of faster refunds as well as compliance. It is also likely to focus on ways to improve the functioning of the GST Network.

A committee headed by Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia is expected to submit a preliminary report to the council on steps needed to provide relief to exporters. The council will then recommend some relaxation so that the working capital of exporters that is locked up in refunds is released.

Based on feedback received from business entities other structural changes in the new national tax regime are also expected to be considered. Friday’s review comes amid criticism over the way GST is being implemented.

Two days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised that glitches in the GST system would be fixed. In this regard, he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Thursday.