New Delhi, 18 May: Centre completely declines the details of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) security clearance which is the information technology backbone of the GST due to National security concerns.
In relation to the plea made to RTI, Home Minister said the details cannot be out on GSTN as the national security is concerned here.
The Goods and Services Tax Network, a non – profit orivate company has 51 per cent equity of five private institutions. These are HDFC Bank Ltd (10 per cent), HDFC Ltd (10 percent), ICICI Bank Ltd (10 percent),NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Ltd (10 per cent) and LIC Housing Finance Limited (11 per cent).
The central government has 24.5 per cent equity in GSTN, whereas state governments, two Union territories and empowered committee of state finance ministers together hold another 24.5 per cent stake in it.
The arguments are that, if the GSTN is funded by Central and State Government, why to provide the management of the company in the hands of private companies with heavy salaries and allowances.
BJP MP Subhramaniam Swamy also oppose the majority stake of the private companies in GSTN and also has written letter to Prime Minister in this regard.
Home Ministry was asked to provide the details of security clearance of Goods and Services Tax Network through RTI application. It is informed that you have sought information regarding security clearance which relates to national security clearance.
“Any information related to security purpose is exempted from disclosure as per provisions of Section 8 (1) (g) of the RTI Act, 2005. Hence, the information sought cannot be provided,” the Ministry had said.