Are you referring to Centre's social sector schemes?
Yes. The central government starts schemes such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, states do programmes. After that the Centre withdraws, and we as politically elected entities can't tell people that we can’t give you the service as centre is not giving money. The load comes on to the states commensurately. GST revenue hasn’t been up to expectations.
What did you raise in the meeting with the finance commission chairman?
With GST yet to stabilise, If we don't get compensation after 2021-22, it will create a very serious issue. We have asked him to recommend an extension of compensation cess by three years. In Value added tax regime, in three years, everything stabilised. Here, even after 2.5 years have passed and noting stabilised. The whole structure is unstable.
What was the view of the chairman?
The chairman was very concerned that when the compensation to states stop in 2021-21, states will fall off the cliff.