PCB officials meet CM to demand GST share
After the implementation of GST and abolition of LBT with effect from July 1, 2017, the PCB has not received any funds as its GST share from the State government. The government granted compensation to the PMC and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in lieu of LBT.
Pune: Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) Vice-President Priyanka Shrigiri, along with three elected members, held a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Monday at Mantralaya in Mumbai.
They handed over a letter to the CM, in which they demanded the Goods and Services Tax (GST) share of the PCB as soon as possible. According to Shrigiri, Mungantiwar said he will personally look into the matter.
The letter stated that earlier the PCB implemented Local Body Tax (LBT) in June 2015 following the abolition of octroi. It used to get revenue of Rs 85 crore per annum. After the implementation of GST and abolition of LBT with effect from July 1, 2017, the PCB has not received any funds as its GST share from the State government. The government granted compensation to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in lieu of LBT. It is recorded that the businessmen/traders/industries located within the jurisdiction of PCB are paying GST in crores of rupees per month to the government. The board had several meetings with the higher authorities regarding the same but nothing has been done.
Mungantiwar has also sent a letter to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on June 13 stating that as the cantonment boards are civic administrative bodies under the control of the Ministry of Defence, the State government cannot pay the GST share to these boards.
Along with Shrigiri, elected ward members Kiran Mantri, Atul Gaikwad and Vivek Yadav were also present. Yadav said, “We made a plea to Fadnavis, Bapat and Mungantiwar to give PCB its share of GST worth Rs 275 crore.”
Shrigiri said, “We are struggling to get the GST share to carry out development work. We met the higher authorities through State Minister Dilip Kamble.”