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Deadlock continues over GST, Oppn says govt presented no roadmap at APM


Srinagar, Jun 14

Contrary to the claim by the government that consensus have been reached on Goods and Service Tax (GST) at All Party Meeting (APM), the entire opposition alleged that the coalition PDP-BJP government presented no roadmap about the implementation of the tax regime and cautioned that it would be a compromise on the financial and political autonomy of the state.Meanwhile, deadlock has now cast a shadow on special session of J&K Assembly that is scheduled from June 17 to discuss the GST implementation. The Jammu and Kashmir government last night claimed that broader consensus emerged during the All Party Meeting convened on bringing the state under the ambit of GST regime.  However, the entire opposition alleged that the government came to the APM without any roadmap and preparations.


"The government did not present any draft amendments or draft bill and did not seem serious about safeguarding the fiscal autonomy and special status of the State guaranteed under Article 370," the main opposition National Conference (NC) leader said. He expressed apprehensions about the possible and seemingly imminent extension of Constitutional Amendment 101 of the Constitution of India to the state.  The NC alleged that such a plan would have wider and irreversibly adverse ramifications on the state's fiscal autonomy and will impinge upon the residuary powers enjoyed by the state.

      The NC leader said that his party will oppose the implementation of GST tooth and nail till safeguards are made to the fiscal autonomy and special status of the State guaranteed under Article 370. Meanwhile, similar views were echoed by other parties, including Congress, CPI(M), besides Independent MLAs.  Even though Congress party said it supports the GST in principle, but maintained that the fiscal autonomy of the state under Article 370 should be protected.



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