Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday chaired the first meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine the GST concession and exemption of Covid relief materials.

Briefing mediapersons in the state, Sangma said that the GoM went into a detailed discussion of almost all the items that were recommended by the Fitment Committee.

“The basic principle that we followed in our discussion was to see the benefits and the tax reductions that would give the benefit directly to the people. So, for items that were very much personal that the people or the patients would have to directly buy, we made sure that we could bring down the concessions and the rates to the maximum amount possible so that in these difficult times maximum relief can be given,” said Sangma.

The GoM also looked at the issue of the rules and regulations and the laws based on which the council functions and ensured that they stuck to the constitution and the provisions that are there in the GST council.

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They also looked at balancing out the different aspirations of different members of the council as well as the people at large.

Based on that, several recommendations were given. There have been a number of items in which they have recommended the rates to be reduced so that the people can directly benefit.

Sangma said these were recommendations and it would be put into proper report and will be submitted to the council which will ultimately make the decision.

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