Amit Mitra named chairman of GST committee of state FMs

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The Finance Minister of West Bengal Amit Mitra on 19 February 2016 was named the chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST). Mitra will succeed Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani who had to resign in November 2015 over corruption charges. Mitra will be the second chairman of the panel, tasked with framing rules for roll out of the GST regime, which will subsume all indirect taxes and create one national market, from West Bengal.