The negative list has been drawn keeping in view the federal nature of the polity. Some of the States, through the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers, have expressed their concerns. I have decided to address their concerns by making changes in the definition of “service” which will exclude the activities specified in the Constitution as “deemed sale of goods”. The definition of “works contract” has also been enlarged to include movable properties.

Extract From FM Budget speech dated 7-5-2012 on Finance Bill, 2012

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