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GST collections: From Maharashtra to Rajasthan, how top 10 states fare

Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal witnessed a significant increase in GST collections Of the top 10 states in terms of goods and services tax (GST) collections from domestic activities, six saw a fall in year-on-year growth in February. While three states — Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal — witnessed a significant increase in GST collections, Rajasthan saw a tad one percentage point rise. Business Standard, 03rd March 2020

Best of BS Opinion: GST collection, India's telecom crisis, and more

Business Standard Opinion pieces for the day talk about government finances in the context of GST, along with other policy issues. According to an estimate by a foreign brokerage, India’s gross domestic product growth could be impacted by 0.20 per cent in the March quarter because of coronavirus. The Indian economy is battling a severe slowdown and the spread of coronavirus could affect the chances of recovery. Slower than expected growth will also affect government finances. Business Standard Opinion pieces for the day talk about government finances in the context of GST, along with other policy issues. It is important to realise that the idea of compensating states for 14 per cent growth in GST collection was unrealistic from the beginning, argues our lead editorial. An implosion of the telecom sector with economy-wide ramifications is the last thing India needs right now, writes former TRAI chairman Rahul Khullar. The combined effect of a relatively stable or tending-to-rise unemploy…

RBI nudges public sector banks to take steps to increase credit growth

Bank credit growth declined to 8.5 per cent in January from 13.5 per cent in the year-ago period In a meeting between the chiefs of public sector banks (PSB) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) officials, the RBI pointed out the muted credit growth in the economy and asked them to take steps to increase credit growth. “The moot point was why the credit growth is still muted and there was exchange of views between the bankers and the governor. Since, the private sector banks are seeing credit growth the public sector will also have to make sure that credit growth picks up”, said a senior banker with a public sector bank. Another public sector bank executive who was part of the meeting said, state owned banks informed the RBI that after the asset quality review, their staff has been spending considerable time on recoveries and resolutions and there was less emphasis on sales and business development across regions. But now the situation is changing and banks have put more teams on street …