Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seek GST compensation to the states for five more years and for their total revenue deficit. He cited the negative impact on the economy because of the Covid-19 pandemic and added the states should be allowed additional borrowing in the next financial year too.
In a letter, Gehlot said the economic activities have resumed after the end of the nationwide lockdown imposed in March to check the pandemic, but they are far from reaching the normal levels. He added as such the payment of Seek GST compensation to the states up to June 2022 be extended by five years.
Gehlot said Rajasthan availed additional borrowing to the tune of 2% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the current financial year. He added a similar provision of 2% additional borrowing should be allowed in the next financial year as well to enable the state government to take care of the liabilities.
Gehlot said the negative impact of the pandemic on the economy would cause continued stunted growth. He added, as a result, the expected growth in Seek GST would not be achieved and also the revenue streams would not reach desired levels.