In a major development for the online gaming industry, casinos and racecourses operating in the country, the GST Secretariat has asked GST Council to issue clarity on the GST rate and the applicability of the levy on these services, sources told CNBCTV18. This follows a directive from the Punjab Haryana High Court to the effect.The week before last, the Court had issued a stay order on any GST enforcement action against tax avoidance till the GST Council issued clarity on the GST rate and the applicability of the levy on these services.The move comes on the back of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), the law enforcement agency under the Ministry of Finance responsible for fighting tax evasion in India, issuing several tax demand notices, conducting search and survey actions against several players online gaming industry, casinos and racecourses.“GST Secretariat has approached the 8-member Group of ministers to fastrack their recommendations following Punjab Haryana High court order. The GST Council had nominated a GOM on the matter, headed by Gujarat Dy CM – Nitin Bhai Patel which was initially constituted in May and had a 6-month timeframe to come up with recommendations. The GOM was then reconstituted in June. Goa has a major role to play in this as the casino industry had been pitching to Goa government to get the GST council clarity on the issue,” sources added.