Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after GST Council meeting in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

33rd GST Council Meeting Live: Arun Jaitley Adjourns Meeting To Feb. 24

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Meeting Adjourned To Sunday

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley adjourned the 33rd GST Council meeting to Feb. 24, 2019 without taking a decision on any relief measures for the real estate sector.

The meeting which was held through video conference, was cut short “so that the meeting can be held in person” in Delhi on Sunday, Jaitley said. Members of the GST Council wanted more discussion on proposals for the real sector sector, he added.

Today, the council decided to extend the deadline for filing GSTR-3B by two days.

Jaitley also said that the proposal on lotteries was not discussed today.

33rd GST Council Meet Underway

What Happened Last Time

The GST Council, in its last meeting, gave relief to small businesses by increasing the Goods and Services Tax exemption limit from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh and extending the composition scheme to service providers.

The new exemption threshold—the minimum annual turnover for businesses supplying goods to register under the GST— will take effect from April 1, 2019.

Also read: GST Council Raises Exemption Threshold, Expands Composition Scheme

Delhi, Kerala Seek To Defer Wednesday’s GST Council Meet

The state governments of Kerala and Delhi on Tuesday demanded deferment of the GST Council meeting scheduled for Feb. 20, saying a decision on rates for real estate sector and lottery should not be taken through a video conference.

In a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that such “crucial issues” cannot be discussed through a video conference and convening a physical meeting is important to take a consolidated decision.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, too, said that decision on the important issue of GST on lottery cannot taken without a fair discussion. He said inclusion of lottery in the council’s agenda only a day before the meeting is unfair.