Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma

Union finance ministry has reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into GST-related matters related to casinos, race courses and online gaming.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma will be the convenor, replacing Nitin Patel, who was dropped from the Gujarat’s council of ministers in September last year.

The committee is expected to deliberate on four issues related to casinos, race courses and online gaming in India.

It will examine the valuation of services provided by casinos, race courses and online gaming websites, and taxability of certain transactions in a casino. This will be done taking into account the existing legal provisions and orders of courts on related matters, the Hindu BusinessLine reported.

An office memorandum issued by the department of revenue, Union ministry of finance stated that Sangma will be the convener of the GoM. Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, West Bengal finance minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, Gujarat finance minister Kanubhai Patel, Goa minister for panchayat raj Mauvin Godinho, Tami Nadu finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Ragan, Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Kumar Khanna and Telangana finance minister Thanneeru Harish Rao will participate in the GoM.

The committee has been asked to recommend if any changes to the legislative rules are necessary in order to adopt better methods of valuing these services (casinos, race course and online gaming).

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It will also evaluate impact on other similarity placed services like lottery.

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