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Cabinet approves conversion of GSTN into government entity

The Union Cabinet has approved the conversion of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) into a government-owned company.
Cabinet approves conversion of GSTN into government entity
  • Government will now own 100% of GSTN which is the IT backbone to GST regime.
  • Majority of Goods and Services Tax (GST) processes including registration, filing of returns, payment of taxes, processing of refunds is IT driven and mainly through GSTN.

Interesting to know:

  • Earlier in May 2018, GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state finance ministers had agreed to make GSTN a government company with Centre owning 50% stake and states together holding the remaining 50%.
  • Over 1.1 crore businesses are registered on the GSTN portal.
  • With an enhanced role of GSTN from just collecting taxes to data analytics, Government had felt that it should now be the majority owner in the IT backbone provider.

About the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN):

  • GSTN was set up as a not for profit, non-Government, private limited company in 2013.
  • It was established primarily to provide IT infrastructure and services to Central and State Governments, tax payers and other stakeholders for implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Currently, Centre and states together hold 49% stake (24.5% each) in GSTN.
  • The remaining 51% is owned by five private financial institutions- ICICI Bank, NSE, HDFC Ltd, HDFC Bank and LIC Housing Finance Ltd.
  • Its revenue model after GST was rolled out, consisted of User Charge to be paid by stakeholders who will use the system, making it a self-sustaining organization.

Question:

Q. The Union Cabinet has approved the conversion of what into a 100% government-owned company?
a. Rail Vikas Nigam (RVN)
b. Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN)c. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
d. None of the above
Cabinet approves conversion of GSTN into government entity Cabinet approves conversion of GSTN into government entity Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on September 29, 2018 Rating: 5

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