GST Council and Its Composition
The President must appoint the GST Council within 60 days of the start of Article 279A, as required under Article 279A(1) of the amended constitution. On September 10, 2016, a notification was released to put Article 279A into effect beginning on September 12, 2016.
The GST Council, which is a combined forum of the Center and the States, will be composed of the following members, per Article 279A of the modified Constitution:
- Chairman: Union Finance Minister
- Minister of Finance or Taxation or any other Minister appointed by the Government of each State
- Union Minister of State responsible for Finance Revenue
- Minister of Finance or Taxation or any other Minister.
According to Article 279A(4), the Council must recommend significant GST-related issues to the States and Union, including GST rates, threshold limits, minimum rates with bands, special rates for increasing additional funds during natural disasters/calamities, special provisions for some states, etc.
What is the GST Council, and what is its composition?
A joint forum of the Center and the States is the GST Council. Its composition is Union Finance Minister, Minister of Finance or Taxation, Union Minister of State, and Minister of Finance or Taxation.