Centre urges J&K to implement GST from July 1

Jaitley writes to Mehbooba over delay in GST rollout

But, he said, we want to ensure the Special Status of the state is protected while implementing the GST in the state. "The strike will continue till June 30 and future course of action will be decided after GST Council meeting, which is scheduled on June 30", Federation of Rajasthan Trade and Industry President Suresh Agarwal told.

The Union government is all set to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will subsume 16 different taxes, including excise, service tax and VAT from July 1, 2017.

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". "This shall get embedded into the prices of purchased goods or services, leading to cascading of tax and increase in prices of the said goods or services for the final consumers in Jammu and Kashmir", Jaitley said, according to a release by the Finance Ministry on Monday.

He also said the new system would equally benefit farmers and the common man. Toll booths and check posts would be abolished.

Jaitley said that all decisions related to GST were taken by consensus at all stages - passing of the law in parliament, assemblies and on the legislative changes. Drabu said the government was trying to build a consensus as the situation in the state is fragile and they do not want to create a social chaos. The group said the GST would take away "our financial autonomy enjoyed in terms of Section 5 of the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir".

The GST Bill was originally piloted by President Mukherjee when he was finance minister in the Congress-led UPA regime.

Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said, "The GST regime is an attack on those fundamentals which we have, so far, protected". Opinion is divided in the State due to the fear that the GST might impinge on the State's special status.

"I don't think there will be a teething problem with GST".

Drabu said the State is going through very hard times. Rather, the former chairman of the GST Council had earlier demanded adequate safeguards before extending the amendment to Jammu and Kashmir. "We can not turn a blind eye to our constitutional and political issues while fighting for Azadi", he maintained.

"The way ahead to harmonize GST in the State could be by extension of only such limbs of the Constitutional Amendment 101 to the State which are already applicable to Jammu and Kashmir in one form or another with some other provisions of technical nature required for harmonization of our taxation structure with the new tax regime", he asserted.

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