Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

J&K to miss nation's tryst with GST

J&K to miss nation's tryst with GST

The state government will take a final call on Thursday after a meeting of the all-party consultative group, the state's Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has said.

According to local media reports, several trade bodies have called for a "Kashmir bandh" on Saturday, July 1.

The opposition, particularly National Conference (NC) and Congress besides Communist Party of India (M) are opposing the implementation of GST in its present form, alleging it will have far reaching negative impact on the financial and political autonomy of the state. The all-party consultative group, headed by PDP MP and former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Beg, was constituted by the government after an all-party meet failed to evolve a consensus over the issue. "So, it is in the interest of the society of J&K, not just the economy, to build a certain political as well as legislative consensus", he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Thursday said it was not against the implementation of the GST in the state, almost two weeks after terming it as "unacceptable". "If the government fails to change GST slab, traders will go on indefinite strike", the president of Udaipur Marble Association, Tejinder Singh, said.

Till a decision is taken, Jammu and Kashmir will be the only State where a status quo will continue over the GST. "Every Congress Chief Minister supported the GST. Let the government come up with the roadmap to safeguards our constitutional position, we are ready for discussion", Rather, who was also the chairman of the empowered committee on GST, told The Wire.

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Meanwhile, normal life was affected as shop and business establishments remained closed and very less number of vehicles plied on the roads in the Valley due to a daylong strike called by KTMF against GST. He added, "Besides, it will entail amending Section 5 of J&K Constitution which can't be done".

Earlier, on June 17 a special session was summoned to discuss and pass the legislation on GST.

Chouhan was speaking on GST which is set to roll out from July 1, where he said the public would get freedom from different types of taxes and would be exempted from visiting offices for the same.

He also said that in a meeting held with other Trading Organizations it has been decided that in case the State Government doesn't adopt GST, they have no other option but to keep their shutters down till the government accepts their demands.

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