Jammu and Kashmir govt willing to introduce GST but only with consensus, says Naeem Akthar

Jammu and Kashmir government termed GST as a 'good tax reform' but said it will not push for implementation till there is complete consensus on the issue.

PTI June 17, 2017 21:23:29 IST
Jammu and Kashmir govt willing to introduce GST but only with consensus, says Naeem Akthar

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday termed GST as a "good tax reform" but said it will not push for its implementation till the time there is complete consensus on the issue.

"Government is willing to introduce GST in the state with ample safeguards as this tax reform will be beneficial for the state economy and traders.

Jammu and Kashmir govt willing to introduce GST but only with consensus says Naeem Akthar

A screengrab from the GST web portal.

"With proper safeguards, GST will not endanger the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted to it by the Constitution of India under Article 370," public works minister Naeem Akhtar said in a statement.

He said inputs are welcome from all stakeholders so that the government can work towards resolving those concerns besides strengthening the reform so that it becomes a people friendly tax reform and there is a consensus in the state regarding the same.

Reiterating that the constitutional amendment regarding GST does not apply to J&K suo-moto, the minster said, "GST is a good tax reform which will be taken up for implementation only after arriving at consensus through broad-based consultation process."

He 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 regarding implementation of GST in the State.

An all party panel has been constituted to take suggestions, viewpoint and inputs from all stakeholders so that interests of the consumers can be protected, the minister said adding “government will not push for GST implementation in JK till the time there is complete consensus on the issue”.

Akhtar said there would be "effective consultation" process which will surely help the government to come up with an overall "better and consumer friendly" GST.

Updated Date:

also read

Jammu and Kashmir govt lifts ban on Muharram procession after 3 decades, Shia Muslims split over decision
India

Jammu and Kashmir govt lifts ban on Muharram procession after 3 decades, Shia Muslims split over decision

Kashmiri Shia politician Ruhullah Mehdi said if the Friday prayers and other major religious functions continue to be banned in wake of COVID-19 pandemic and 'this particular procession suddenly encouraged in isolation, I see nefarious designs behind it'

No govt jobs, no passport clearance for 'anti-national' elements in Jammu and Kashmir, says report
India

No govt jobs, no passport clearance for 'anti-national' elements in Jammu and Kashmir, says report

This comes after army officials revealed that the new modus operandi to indoctrinate and train Kashmiri youth in militancy was to call them through proper visa channels, rather than having them take the risk of crossing the border illegally.

Seven dead, at least 30 missing after cloudburst in J&K's Kishtwar; PM assures 'all possible assistance'
India

Seven dead, at least 30 missing after cloudburst in J&K's Kishtwar; PM assures 'all possible assistance'

IMD has forecast severe weather for Jammu and Kashmir, with 'widespread intermittent rain most likely to continue till 30 July'