ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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namely, consignment tax and additional excise duties in lieu of sales tax, the non- Congress(I) chief ministers make it clear that they would ask for the implementation in toto of the earlier decision on consignment tax, namely, that it should be leviable under the existing Central Sales Tax Act, at the same rate and under the administrative control of the states within their respective jurisdictions; and, further, that they do not contemplate surrendering to the centre their power to levy sales tax on any additional commodities, the recommendations of the Tripathi Committee notwithstanding. The Calcutta statement also takes the opportunity to oppose the prime minister's attempts to bypass the state governments in his meetings with members of zilla parishads and panchayats and the Planning Commission's directive to the states to place at the disposal of district magistrates Plan funds when elected bodies are already in place. These, as the statement puts it, are "the opposite of decentralisation with people's involvement".

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