Srinagar: Castigating the government for trying to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in a hush-hush manner, the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) on Thursday demanded an All Party Meeting to discuss the GST.
During a Core Group meeting chaired by NC working president Omar Abdullah, the party stated that it feared the GST can have wider ramifications on the state’s fiscal autonomy and impinge upon the residuary powers enjoyed by the state.
The NC core group was briefed by its two former finance ministers, Abdul Rahim Rather and Mohammad Shafi Uri, the party press release stated.
The release added that both the leaders strongly felt that that the state government should call an All Party Meeting to have a threadbare discussion on the GST regime so as to allay the fears and concerns of various political parties. The NC further demanded that the government should put the entire concept of GST under discussion in public domain.
The press release stated that finance minister Haseeb Drabu is on record having said, “Come GST and neither the state legislature nor the state cabinet will have a say on J&K Taxation.” The Core Group said the finance minister must come clean on the issue and not hoodwink the people of the state.
The Core Group meeting was attended by party General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Abdul Rahim Rather, Advocate Muhammad Akbar Lone, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Provincial Presidents Nasir Aslam Wani, Devender Singh Rana and Party Treasurer S Shammi Singh Oberoi.