After considering the promotion of electric vehicles in the Union Budget, the government has been urging states to promote eco-friendly vehicles in an effort to curb rampant pollution afflicting most of the major cities.
The Council, which has state finance ministers as members, in its meeting last month, had referred the issue relating to Goods and Services Tax (GST) concessions on electric vehicle, electric chargers and hiring of electric vehicles, to an officers committee.
"The manufacturers have therefore requested to the GST council to lower the rates from the current 18 percent to 5 percent and help improve sanitation levels in the country," the director of Indian Council of Sanitaryware Manufactures said.
The Council will also take a call on setting up a combined bench for all north-eastern states as well as one bench to deal with appeal cases in six Union Territories -- Chandigarh, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the official said.
Levy of GST on extra-neutral alcohol (ENA) used in manufacturing liquor for human consumption is also expected to be discussed in the meeting of the Council, the first one to be chaired under Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council Sunday lowered the tax rate for under-construction housing to five per cent (without input tax credit) from the present effective rate of 12 per cent (after one-third abatement of land).
The Council also allowed Kerala to levy a 1 per cent disaster cess on intra-state sale of goods and services for a period of up to two years to mobilise revenues to meet the cost of rehabilitating parts of states that were ravaged by floods last year.