New Delhi: Backward states like Bihar, UP, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh have surpassed industrially rich states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in respect of Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in the first four months of this financial year (2019-20).
The country's total GST collection has increased from 9 per cent to Rs 3.56 lakh crore during the period. The national capital Delhi and West Bengal are lagging behind in this case. While the states of the North East have performed the best.
It may be mentioned that states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP were once called 'Siru' (BIMARU) states. The population in these backward regions is quite high, so consumption of goods and services is also very high. Odisha's GST collection has the highest growth of 20.8 per cent. This was followed by Uttarakhand's GST collection of 19.9 per cent, Bihar 17.8 per cent, MP 14.6 per cent, Assam 14.1 per cent and Uttar Pradesh 12 per cent.
According to the Times of India, West Bengal is the only state in backward states that has not been able to perform well in the GST collection during April to July of this fiscal. West Bengal's GST collection has only marginally increased by 6.4 per cent. Delhi can be termed as a slippery figure, with a 2 per cent decline in collection. Delhi's GST collection in four months this year was only Rs 12,700 crore as against Rs 13,000 crore a year ago.