6. The GST compensation issue has been a bone of contention between the centre and state governments threatening to undermine both India’s fiscal federalism and Centre-State relations, In this context discuss the role of GST council. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
The scheduled meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) council is the context of the question.
Key Demand of the question:
One has to discuss in detail the role of GST council.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Start with the fact that many states have accepted the proposal made by the Central Government while many others have rejected it. In this background, the GST compensation issue could be put to vote in the GST Council meeting.
In the answer body elaborate upon the functions of GST council.
As per Article 279A (1) of the amended Constitution, the GST Council had to be constituted by the President within 60 days of the commencement of Article 279A.
As per Article 279A of the amended Constitution, the GST Council would be a joint forum of the Centre and the States. Discuss the mandate of it in detail.
Conclude as to how the issues can be resolved and the threat to federalism can be overcome.