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

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INDO-SOVIET TRADE-Emerging Constraints

account for between one-quarter and one- fhird of the states' collections from sales taxes.
Although only a few states, comprising both Congress and non-Congress ones, argued for. regaining the power to levy sales tax on even the three commodities which have been at present surrendered to the centre, the mood of the states was clearly against the continuation of this practice. Some of the chief ministers took the occasion to recall the reference to the Ninth Finance Commission on the merger of the additional excise duties in lieu of sales tax with basic excises to point out how the centre lost no time in circumventing agreements which were in the nature of contractual arrangements between the centre and the states.

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