Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

J&K Assembly adjourned indefinitely without taking up GST bill

J&K Assembly adjourned indefinitely without taking up GST bill

Former speaker and senior NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone said the State Government was dishonest in trying to peddle lies and half-truths on the GST issue in an effort to mislead the people of the state."The PDP-BJP Government has made up its mind that it wants to dilute the State's fiscal autonomy to please the powers that be in New Delhi".

Separatists, while opposing the implementation of GST in the state, described it as a plan to cripple the trade and economy of the state.

Srinagar, Jun 17 The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was today adjourned indefinitely without taking up the GST bill for discussion.

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"Even in the All Party Meeting, the State Government failed to come up with its proposal to deal with this issue and had no answers to provide. With current behaviour of government, it seems something fishy is cooking", Khan said.

"Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had called an all-party meeting ahead of the special session of legislature to take the viewpoint of the people's representatives and seek their suggestions", he said.

"There has to be a policy in the pipeline to safeguard the financial interests of the State while implementing the GST regime, thereby ensuring that the special status of the State is not eroded in any way", the spokesman said.

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NC State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu highlighted the difference between the GST regime and the existing tax structure and system. But J&K state is not like any other state in India. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Bandipora in north Kashmir, Singh said, "By implementing it, Jammu and Kashmir, which is a consumer state, will get the benefit of about Rs 1000 to 12000 crore rupees annually".

In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Forum (KTMF), Yasin Khan, along with two dozen traders during a protest march against the proposed implementation of Indian law, Goods and Services Tax (GST), in the territory.

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