Topic Name – Why was the Constitution of India amended recently in the context of GST
Currently, the fiscal powers between the Centre and the States are clearly demarcated in the Constitution with
almost no overlap between the respective domains.
The Centre has the powers to levy tax on the manufacture of goods (except alcoholic liquor for human consumption,
opium, narcotics etc.) while the States have the powers to levy tax on the sale of goods. In the case of inter-State
sales, the Centre has the power to levy a tax (the Central Sales Tax) but, the tax is collected and retained entirely by the States. As for services, it is the Centre alone that is empowered to levy service tax.
Introduction of the GST required amendments in the Constitution so as to simultaneously empower the Centre
and the States to levy and collect this tax. The Constitution of India has been amended by the Constitution (one hundred and first amendment) Act, 2016 for this purpose.
Article 246A of the Constitution empowers the Centre and the States to levy and collect the GST
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