New Delhi: For the first time in its history, the GST Council on Wednesday resorted to voting to decide on an issue. Following a 21-7 vote, the panel of ministers, headed by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, settled for a 28% levy on all lotteries, while opting to study the need for revenue augmentation in detail.
“Every attempt was made to keep the tradition alive... Eventually, the Council was reminded that rules allow and tradition is not part of the rule book,” Sitharaman told reporters, while suggesting that one member insisted on a vote.
The other decisions were, however, taken through consensus, including the decision to exempt upfront amount for long-term lease of industrial or financial infrastructure plots by an entity with 20% or more government ownership. Currently, the exemption is available to an entity with majority government ownership. While this
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