Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho, who is representing Goa at the GST Council, said on Wednesday that goods and service tax on hotel room tariffs in the state should come down to below 18 per cent from 28 per cent. Speaking to reporters at the Secretariat, the minister said that 28 per cent GST on hotel room tariffs is a great injustice to hoteliers. The minister added that he is fighting at the GST Council to bring it down to 18 per cent or lesser, as he is aware of the concerns of the tourism industry. Godinho has been appointed as a member of three committees formed to deal with various irritants vis-à-vis the GST implementation.
As regards the GST exemption limit, which has been taken up to Rs 40 lakh from the earlier cap of Rs 20 lakh by the Centre, the Panchayat Minister said the state government has not yet decided on the matter. “We should be in the slab of Rs 20 lakh. The file in this regard has been moved to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is the Finance Minister. A decision will be taken soon,” he explained. Godinho said that currently Goa has 23 per cent shortfall in revenue collection after the GST implementation. The shortfall will be compensated by the Centre.