Finally Jammu & Kashmir embraces GST

New Delhi: Putting an end to all speculation, finally J&K assembly adopts GST resolution. One Nation Tax is a now very much there.

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today began discussions on a resolution moved by the government for implementing the GST regime without affecting the special status of the state.

Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu moved the resolution seeking suggestions from the lawmakers on how to implement the 101st amendment of the Constitution of India pertaining to GST in the state with modifications to ensure that the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution is not affected.

"This House resolves that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir may give consent to the adoption of GST regime by application of relevant amendments made to the Constitution of India in a modified form to safeguard existing constitutional position of J&K in the Union of India and the legislative powers under Constitution of J&K," Drabu had read from the resolution.

He said it was a very sincere effort of the government to get the sense of the house on the issue of GST implementation.

"There is no devious game plan, we want a sense of the house and communicate it to the government of India for implementing GST while safeguarding the special status of the state," he said.

Drabu said as part of these efforts the government has convened all-party meeting and also formed an all-party panel to build consensus on the issue.

"There are apprehensions about GST across India, much more in Jammu and Kashmir.Every MLA has right to voice his opinion. The government will try to allay their apprehensions," he said.

News24Bureau and PTI