J&K adopts resolution for implementing GST

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jul 2017 08:53:47



AMID protests by the NC and the Congress, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution for implementing the GST in the state. With this, all the States have implemented the Goods and Services Tax.
The resolution moved by state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, was adopted through a presidential order calling on the Centre to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxation powers of the state. He said Article 370 of the constitution is not compromised in any way through this presidential order.

After two days of discussions, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote even as the National Conference, the Congress, the CPI(M) and an Independent MLA protested against implementing the new indirect tax regime in the state in its present form.

Govt increases GST consumer helplines to 60: THE Government has increased the number of consumer helplines on GST from 14 to 60, with specially trained professionals handling queries related to the new indirect tax regime.

“The Government wants that the benefits of decreased prices, after the imposition of the GST, should reach the common man. For this we have increased the number of consumer helplines to 60,” Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here.

Earlier, replying to the debate, Drabu said the resolution calls upon the Centre to implement the GST in the state while incorporating safeguards for protecting its special status and exclusive taxation powers.

“We will appeal, argue, debate and discuss with the Government of India, as a matter of principle, section 5 of the J-K constitution, which gives us exclusive powers of taxation, shall be protected,” he read from the draft of the resolution.
He said the business activity in the state had dropped to almost 50 per cent due to non-implementation of the GST.