GST Council moves a step closer to finalising draft laws
Business & Finance   Saturday, December 24, 2016 IST
 
GST Council moves a step closer to finalising draft laws

GST Council moves a step closer to finalising draft laws


The issue of dual control and the all important IGST legislation will be taken up at the next meeting on January 3-4.

The Goods and Services Council has moved a significant step closer to finalising the draft Central GST and State GST laws that must be passed in Parliament — along with two other laws — to bring GST into implementation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Friday.

The Council will meet again on January 3-4 and will discuss the contentious issue of cross-empowerment, the only main issue that is lacking consensus, Mr Jaitley added, saying that the next session will also see the CGST and SGST laws being framed in legal language and placed before the states.

“The CGST and SGST laws, a total of 197 provisions and five schedules, have been approved,” Mr Jaitley said during a press conference following the completion of the Seventh GST Council meeting on Friday. “The legally vetted copy of the drafts will be circulated to the states. Only issues of dual control and cross empowerment are left.”

Regarding the Compensation Law, the Finance Minister said that a few issues are left to be settled — such as the source of the compensation fund — but that the law will be placed for approval, along with the CGST and SGST laws, in legal language at the next meeting of the Council. He added that the compensation to the states for the loss of revenue, if any, from the rollout of GST, would be paid every two months.

“So, if I were to list the residual issues left for the next meeting, then they are the Interstate GST law, the issues of dual control and cross empowerment, and the approval of the legally vetted language,” Mr Jaitley said.

“The GST council seems to have made some good progress, in terms of approving the CGST and compensation laws,” Pratik Jain, Partner and Leader Indirect Tax, PwC India said. “The most contentious issue of 'dual control' or 'cross empowerment' is to be discussed at the next meeting in early January.  If there is an agreement on the issue, then GST laws can be passed in the budget session.  However, now April 1, 2017, as the date of GST implementation is virtually ruled out, which I think is good news for both industries as well as the Government.”

Mr Jaitley also said that the rates committee was working in parallel, and would make its recommendations to the GST Council soon. “After all these pending issues are cleared, then we can move on to rates,” Mr Jaitley said.

Despite the fact that the government failed to table and pass the draft GST laws in the Winter session of Parliament, Mr Jaitley said he was trying his best to meet the government’s deadline of April 1, 2017, for the rollout of GST.

“We don’t want to hasten the process of discussion,” he said. “But we don’t want to delay implementation either. The GST Council meetings are all-day and issues are often discussed for hours. No decision has so far been taken by vote, all are by consensus.”



 
 
Tata Make f-16 fighter planes in India ,Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tata
Business & Finance   Saturday, December 24, 2016 IST
 
Tata Make f-16 fighter planes in India ,Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tata

Tata Make f-16 fighter planes in India ,Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tata

Paris: Lockheed Martin signed to an arrangement with India`s Tata Advanced Systems on Monday to create F-16 military aircraft in India, squeezing ahead with an arrangement to move its Fort Worth, Texas plant to win billions of dollars worth of request from the Indian military.

India`s flying corps needs several flying machine to supplant its Soviet-period armada, however, Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s government has said outside providers would need to make the planes in India with a neighborhood accomplice to help assemble a residential modern base and cut out and out imports.

In any case, Modi`s Make-in-India drive risks clashing with U.S. President Donald Trump`s America First crusade under which he has been squeezing for organizations to put resources into the United States and make occupations as opposed to setting up processing plants abroad.

In reporting their understanding at the Paris Airshow, Lockheed and Tata said moving the generation base to India would at present hold employments in the United States.

"F-16 production in India underpins a great many Lockheed Martin and F-16 provider employments in the U.S., makes new assembling occupations in India, and positions Indian industry at the focal point of the most broad contender flying machine supply biological community on the planet," a joint articulation by the organizations said.

Sweden`s Saab is the other contender to supply the Indian Air Force, offering to make its Gripen warrior in India. It has not yet declared a nearby accomplice for the plane which it has pitched as a current contrasting option to the F-16s.

The declaration comes days before Modi goes to Washington for an initially meeting with Trump, booked for June. 26. India and the United States have assembled a nearby guard relationship as of late with Washington rising as among the main three arms providers to India, alongside Russia and Israel.

India will likewise have the opportunity to send out the F-16 that is flown via aviation based armed forces the world over, the joint proclamation said. Somewhere in the range of 3,200 of these planes are being flown by 26 nations and the model that is being offered to India will be Block 70, the most current of all the F-16s.

"This uncommon F-16 generation association between the world's biggest guard contractual worker and India's head mechanical house gives India the chance to create, work and fare F-16 Block 70 air ship, the freshest and most progressive variant of the world's best, battle demonstrated multi-part warrior," the announcement said.

Goodbye is as of now fabricating airframe segments for the C-130 military transport air ship.

India has not opened formal offering for the fly request, which is required to be anything from 100 planes to 250.



 
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