Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal govt not to support GST in its present form

With the GST regime is set to kick in from 1 July, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said her government would not support the new tax system in its present form.

PTI June 02, 2017 17:41:16 IST
Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal govt not to support GST in its present form

Kolkata: Less than a month before the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is set to kick in from 1 July, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her government would not support the new tax system in its present form.

Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal govt not to support GST in its present form

File image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

She said her government would write to the Union finance minister for necessary changes in the GST to make it suitable for all sections of the society.

"We will write a strong letter to the Union finance minister. We will not support the GST in its present form. In its present form, it doesn't suit every section, especially the unorganised sector. They (Centre) have to rectify it," she told an administrative meeting in South 24-Parganas district.

Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra had opposed the GST rates on certain products which were likely to have a negative impact on the state's economy and employment.

"We have to continue with our fight to bring down the tax rates on certain products. Unless the rates are reduced, they will adversely impact the state's economy and employment," he had stated.

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