Agencies, New Delhi
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman on Friday sought the states’ cooperation in shaping the country’s growth trajectory, saying no goals can be achieved if states and the Centre do not work together in cohesion.
‘The Centre has the responsibility of setting the direction of the economic growth while it is the responsibility of the states to implement in the field,’ Ms Sithraman said while presiding over the pre-Budget meetings with state Finance Ministers here.
The Minister said no goals can be achieved if states and the Centre do not work together in cohesion.
She said the share of states in tax devolution has increased from 32 per cent under 13th Finance Commission to 42 per cent in 14th Finance Commission during the first tenure of the present government.
She also said an unprecedented level of devolution of funds has taken place from Centre to the States which has increased in recent times from Rs.8,29,344 crore to Rs.12,38,274 crore.
Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said they have demanded Rs 6,000 crore from central taxes for the city.
He said for the past 18 years, Delhi has been receiving only Rs 325 crore, while its citizens pay Rs 1.5 lakh crore as central taxes. However, the other states receive get 42 per cent of the central taxes.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant asked for a special mining assistance package and land acquisition for building an expressway from national highway 66 to the Mopa Airport.
He also sought exemption of export duty fro high grade iron ore.
Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Expenditure Secretary GC Murmu, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey and officials from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC) were also present.
The meeting was also attended by Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Goa, Puducherry, Sikkim, the Deputy Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujrat, Tamilnadu, Tripura, 15 Finance Ministers or Ministers and one MP representing their states.
Ms Sitharaman welcomed the suggestions and assured that these would be examined and suitably considered as part of Budget proposals of 2019-20.