New Delhi: The state of Arunachal Pradesh has registered an impressive growth of over 100% in Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection for December 2019. The Northeastern state recorded an increase of 124%, the highest among all states in the union, according to the figures for collection of GST revenue released by the ministry of finance on Wednesday evening.
The increase for some other states in the region was also quite substantial. Nagaland recorded a growth of 88%, Manipur 64%, Mizoram 60%, Sikkim 43% and Assam 33%. Tripura and Meghalaya reported an increase in revenue by 24% and 14%, respectively.
Expressing his satisfaction at the achievement, Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu said that his administration would strive to make the state self-reliant and as well as increase its contribution to the national economy. Tagging prime minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a tweet sent from his official handle, he noted, “#Arunachal records 124% jump in Gross Domestic #GST collection, which is highest in the country. We are committed to make Arunachal self reliant and ready to contribute as much in the development of our great nation.”
Arunachal’s share in GST revenue increased to Rs 58 crore in December 2019 from Rs 26 crore in December 2018. Meanwhile, Nagaland increased its contribution to Rs 31 crore from Rs 17 crore, Manipur Rs 44 crore from Rs 27 crore, Mizoram Rs 21 crore from Rs 13 crore, Sikkim Rs 214 crore from Rs 150 crore, Assam Rs 991 crore from Rs 743 crore, Tripura Rs 59 crore from 48 crore and Meghalaya Rs 123 crore from Rs 108 crore for the same period.
In numerical terms, Assam remained the highest contributor from the region followed by Sikkim and Meghalaya. Overall, the Northeast contributed Rs 550 crore to the national GST kitty.
On a pan-India basis, the GST collection was over Rs 1 lakh crore for the second consecutive month with the figure for December increasing to Rs 1.03 lakh crore as compared to Rs 92,276 for the corresponding period in 2018. The GST revenue from domestic transactions witnessed double-digit growth of 16% over the same period.
Of the gross revenue of Rs 1,03,184 crore collected last month, the share of Central GST (CGST) was Rs 19,962 crore, State GST (SGST) Rs 26,792 crore, Integrated GST (IGST) was Rs 48,099 crore.
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