"The state has claimed Rs 4720.21 crore as compensation towards CST reduction from 2007-08 to 2013-2014, but it has received only Rs 1,303.08 crore till now," Odisha Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat told reporters after attending the meeting of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers at New Delhi on Thursday.

Stating that non-release of compensation on account of loss towards CST reduction has caused trust deficit between the Centre and the states, Amat said, "The Centre should release the balance amount of compensation Rs 3,417.13 crore to infuse confidence in the states to move towards implementation of GST."

In Odisha, Amat pointed out that the entry tax is collected in lieu of Octroi. It was decided in the Empowered Committee that Entry Tax in lieu of Octroi would not be subsumed in GST.
During the year 2013-14, Odisha collected Rs 1,618 crore as entry tax. While calculating the compensation for the state, the revenue loss on account of subsumation of Entry Tax may be taken into account, he said.

"The mechanism for compensating the states should also be of a permanent nature, as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance has recommended, there should be a built-in permanent, independent, automatic compensation mechanism in the Constitution itself," Amat said.


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