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21st GST Council meeting begins in Hyderabad - Deccan Herald
21st GST Council meeting begins in Hyderabad
Umanath JBS, Hyderabad, DH News Service,
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The meeting is expected to look into tax anomalies on numerous common use items and hiking cess on luxury cars. PTI file photo
The 21st GST Council meeting, first after returns were filed based on the new tax regime chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and attended by finance ministers of all the states began here at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) in Madapur on Saturday.

The meeting is expected to look into tax anomalies on numerous common use items and hiking cess on luxury cars.

Telangana government which has been demanding for the rollback of GST on developmental projects is represented by its Finance Minister Eatala Rajender.

Rajender who received Jaitley at the Airport on behalf of the state government has said that the government has already registered its opposition to the 12% tax on its pet projects such as Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya.

In addition to the projects, the government has sought the reduction of tax on granite and beedi industries. Telangana has enlisted 33 such objections which it hopes to put for discussion at the meeting.

After the day-long deliberations, the finance minister is expected to brief media of the key decisions taken by the Council. The state government is hosting a dinner for the all the council members and the finance minister at the Falaknuma Palace on Saturday night.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar is expected to utilize the occasion to garner support from likeminded states that are spending a huge amount of funds on developmental projects.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (CPI) has announced that it would hold a protest demonstration against GST, near the venue. CPI National Secretary Dr. K. Narayana, CPI State Secretariat member N.Balamallesh and other leaders are expected to participate.

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