The 53rd GST Council met under the chairpersonship of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Saturday.

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference after the 53rd GST Council Meeting, in New Delhi, Saturday, June 22, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI06_22_2024_000360A)(PTI)

The meeting was attended by MoS finance Pankaj Chaudhary, chief ministers of Goa and Meghalaya, deputy chief ministers of Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha, besides finance ministers of states & UTs and other senior officers.

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The meeting took place after a gap of eight months. The 52nd GST Council meeting took place on October 7, 2023.

Here’s what the GST council has recommended:

Changes in GST rate

  • A uniform rate of 5% IGST will apply to imports of aircraft parts, components, testing equipment, tools, and toolkits, irrespective of their HS classification, to provide a fillip to MRO activities subject to specified conditions.
  • All milk cans (of steel, iron and aluminium), irrespective of their use, will attract 12% GST.
  • A 12% GST rate was also recommended for all types of carton boxes and cases made from both corrugated and non-corrugated paper or paperboard.

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  • All solar cookers, whether single or dual energy source, to attract 12% GST.
  • The council has clarified that all types of sprinklers, including fire water sprinklers, to attract 12% GST.

    Recommendations relating to GST on services

  • GST Council has proposed the exemption for specific services offered by Indian Railways to the general public, as well as for intra-railway transactions.
  • The sale of platform tickets and services such as retiring rooms, waiting rooms, cloakroom facilities, and battery-operated car services are now exempt from GST.
  • Accommodation services valued up to 20,000 per person per month, provided for a continuous period of at least 90 days, will also be exempt. This exemption will benefit hostels and similar accommodations run by various social and community organizations.
  • The Council also recommended the phased rollout of biometric-based Aadhaar authentication for GST registration applicants across India.