Sugar cess under GST: GoM to seek opinion from Law and Food Ministry

NEW DELHI: A ministerial panel on imposing cess on sugar today decided to seek law ministry opinion on the legality of such a levy.

The panel, chaired by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, will also seek a report from the food ministry on the final utilisation of the proceeds from levy of sugar cess.

“The GoM has met today. First question is whether council at all has the power to impose cess, we have decided to refer that to the Law ministry,” Sarma told reporters

“The GoM has met today. First question is whether council at all has the power to impose cess, we have decided to refer that to the Law ministry,” Sarma told reporters here after the first meeting of the panel.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) was constituted on May 4 to look into the feasibility of implementing the food ministry proposal of levying cess on sugar to benefit sugar cane farmers.

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