Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejrival will be holding a conclave with six chief ministers of opposition ruling state, next month in New Delhi. This was intended to evolve a consensul on financial issues concerning States across the country.
This decision was taken by Finance Ministers of six States, who met in the national capital, last evening after the GST Council meeting. The Finance Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala attended the meeting, while Karnataka Finance Minister joined it on video conferencing. The Puducherry Chief Minister and the Punjab Finance Minister participated via teleconferencing. The West Bengal has also agreed to the proposal of Chief Ministers’ conclave.
According to Delhi Chief Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the finance ministers discussed the discriminatory Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the 15th Finance Commission and other financial issues concerning federalism. He said the group of Finance Ministers also held preliminary discussions on GST revenue collection and futuristic revenue collections.
“All these issues will form an agenda for the Chief Ministers’ conclave and all CMs of India will be invited to this event,” said Sisodia. The focus will be on the “discriminatory” ToRs of the current Finance Commission, he added.