Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss some state issues and seek the Centre’s support.
The Tamil Nadu CM raised her concerns about the Goods and Services Tax or GST, which aims to bring the country under a unified tax regime.
“GST impacts fiscal autonomy of states and huge permanent revenue loss is expected for a manufacturing state like Tamil Nadu,” Ms Jayalalithaa said in a memorandum.
“Before constitutional amendment on GST is taken up, Centre should strive for a broad consensus on important issues like compensation period and methodology, revenue neutral rates, floor rates with bands, commodities to be excluded from GST, so that states concerns on loss of fiscal autonomy and permanent revenue loss are allayed,” added the memorandum which was submitted to PM Modi with 29 demands.
Earlier, it was expected that the Tamil Nadu CM will take up water resources related issues like formation of Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee for the implementation of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and also the Mullaperiyar issue.
Discussion of fishing rights and continuing arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, retrieval of Katchatheevu which was ceded to the island nation decades ago by India are also likely to come up in the meeting.
Jayalalithaa’s meeting with PM Modi is also likely to see discussions related to AIADMK’s support in the Rajya Sabha for key legislative business where it has 13 members. GST is among crucial bills which are yet to see the light of day in the Upper House.
After assuming office as chief minister for a second consecutive term in the South-Indian state, the visit would be Jayalalithaa’s first.”Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss important issues relating to Tamil Nadu,” an official release had said on June 8.
The last meeting between the Jayalalithaa and PM Modi took place in August last year, when PM Modi visited Tamil Nadu.