Sushil Modi replaces Sitharaman as head of GoM in the IGST agreement

New Delhi, December 10 () Bihar's deputy chief minister, Sushil Modi, will be the coordinator of a Group of Ministers of Integrated Taxes on Goods and Services (IGST) in place of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sources said on Tuesday of the GST Council.

Sitharaman was inadvertently mentioned as the panel coordinator created to discuss IGST-related issues after she met with the finance ministers of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and the deputy chief ministers of Delhi and Puducherry on December 4, they said.

As the Minister of Finance of the Union is the president of the GST Council, she could not have headed the panel, they said.

The GoM will deliberate on the IGST issues of the states and submit its recommendations to Sitharaman.

A modification was made late Tuesday night to the constitution of GoM in IGST making Sushil Modi its convener, they said.

Last week, finance ministers and representatives of opposition-governed states met with Sitharaman and expressed concern about the delay in the release of GST compensation that has put them in an acute financial position. The finance ministers of Delhi, Punjab, Puducherry and Madhya Pradesh and representatives of Kerala, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh attended the meeting for the delay in the payment of compensation. DP SMN