States government are still owed Rs 53,489 crore in goods and services tax (GST) compensation for the financial year 2021-22, the finance ministry told the Lok Sabha on April 4.
Of the 31 states and union territories (UT), there were no pending payments to nine, data shared by the finance ministry shows.
Maharashtra is owed the most at Rs 11, 563 crore, while Uttar Pradesh is a distant second at Rs 6,954 crore.
The compensation owed to state governments is for the April 2021-January 2022 period. It could be higher for the entire year.
The Centre and states have sparred over the issue of GST compensation for some time now.