Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel reiterated the state’s demand for compensation for the GST, transfer of amounts collected as an “additional levy” from the coal block companies and reimbursement of expenses of Rs 15,000 crore made by the state government for the eradication of naxalism.
During the pre-budget meeting held in Vigyan Bhavan, Bhupesh Baghel said the economy of Chhattisgarh has been affected due to the disruption of economic activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the state government will be able to spend on programs and development plans if the pending amount from the Center is received.
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and finance ministers from other states attended the meeting.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said there has been a loss of revenue for states due to the GST system.
He also said that the Center had not made arrangements to compensate for the loss of revenue of around 5,000 crore rupees for the state over the coming year. Therefore, the GST offset subsidy is expected to be maintained for the next five years, even after June 2022, he said.
Bhupesh Baghel said the Chhattisgarh had received a lower share of central taxes of Rs 13,089 crore in the Union budget over the past three years. In the next budget, the central tax share should go entirely to the state, he said.
He also demanded that Rs 4,140 crore deposited with the Center at the rate of Rs 294 per tonne on coal mining from coal block companies be transferred soon to Chhattisgarh.
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Bhupesh Baghel said a special provision should be made in the next budget for reimbursement of expenses of Rs 15,000 crore made by the state government on central security forces deployed for the eradication of naxalism.
At the meeting, Bhupesh Baghel made various suggestions such as giving “a generous sum” to farmers and laborers through various programs, to return the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) wage rate to the same level as labor commissioner rates, to provide special incentives for pulse / oilseed production.
Bhupesh Baghel also said that due to the reduction in the central excise tax on gasoline and diesel by the Center, there will be a reduction in the amount from the state share and there will also be a reduction in VAT revenue. Therefore, in the future, instead of the excise tax, the tax should be reduced.
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Bhupesh Baghel further demanded an increase in the premium limit of 1,100 rupees per family for the best performing states under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat).
He said it would increase the number of beneficiaries and most of the population would benefit.
Along with this, Bhupesh Baghel said that families eligible for the national health insurance scheme should also be eligible under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
At the meeting, Bhupesh Baghel said that the state share should be reduced to 75 percent by reducing state participation in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Jal Jeevan mission.
Apart from this, Bhupesh Baghel also demanded the establishment of an international cargo terminal in Raipur, a Central Tribal University campus and a marketing center under the Vocal for Local Scheme within the budget. of the Union.