Srinagar: The civil society of Kashmir has termed the claims made by the chairman consultative committee, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu “a pack of lies intended to deceive people and business community of Jammu and Kashmir”
“Consistent with her politics of deceit, PDP-led state government is hoodwinking people to please their masters in Delhi in order to retain the chair. The 101st amendment introducing GST shall denude Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and result in the surrender of the power of legislature to enact laws on indirect taxes including sales tax, service tax or to exempt some goods or businesses from tax to GST Council and Parliament,” they said in a statement issued here.
The society said that once the JK government gives concurrence to application of 101st amendment and GST to J&K, the state government shall have no power to modify GST or restore or retrain power of the state legislature or government to legislate on these matters.
“Any amendment in Section 5 of constitution would be of no avail. The Finance Minister is playing a fraud on the people by stating that autonomy shall remain unaffected by giving false assurances that the law would be modified to protect autonomy. The government will have no power whatsoever after surrendering its authority to GST Council and parliament,” the statement said.
Criticising the government for being deceptive and misguiding people, they said the business community and civil society in general realise that GST will be used to strangulate economy and in future be used as a tool to further subjugate the state government and force total integration of the state with the union as is being done by Israel in Palestine.
“The anti-autonomy and anti-people role being played by the state government would never be condoned by citizens and the future generations of the state. We the broad civil society of Kashmir warns this government to desist from committing this fraud on people of far reaching ramifications through equivocation, double speak and clever deception,” they said, adding, “The government must put a bold principled constitutionally valid defence against the imposition of GST brought about through 101 amendment of Indian constitution and make an alternative model of GST commensurate with the fiscal autonomy and the economic realities of the state and put it in the public domain for suggestions by the experts in the field.”