Govt fails to communicate members about APC over GST

State government has failed to communicate the members about the constitution of a committee to resolve the deadlock over goods and service tax (GST) here.

The government had formed an all-party committee (APC), after the GST bill was not passed in the Assembly on Saturday, to deliberate on the extension of central Goods and Services Tax (GST) with modification so that it does not erode special status and fiscal autonomy of the state.

The committee has to compile a report within 10 days, however, the government has failed to communicate this to members of all party committee officially.  One of the members of APC said, “I have not been communicated officially so far. I don’t even know who is heading the committee.”

The all-party committee is headed by PDP MP Muzaffar Baig and includes National Conference leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, Congress leader Aijaz Khan, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam MY Tarigami, PDF chairman and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Yaseen, Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh, former agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir, BJP spokesman Sunil Sethi and a few economic and legal experts. This committee was formed on Saturday morning in the Assembly before the special session on GST began.

The committee would be making a report within 10 days after which another session of the assembly would be held for passing the GST bill with modifications.

After facing protests from all sections of the state, the government, on Saturday, had said that it would not impose any decision, which would be against the aspirations of people.

“No decision would be taken against the will of the people,” the government spokesman, and Minister for Public Works Department, Naeem Akhtar  said.

The Opposition and members of the business community have opposed the move by the government to impose the GST in the state, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the special session on GST on Saturday only after the members commemorated those who had died during the obituary references.


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