SRINAGAR: The consultative committee headed by Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beig has suggested upholding the JK Constitution and veto power to the state’s representative in the GST Council.
“The chairman has suggested that the Presidential Order should uphold Section 5 of the JK Constitution so that none of its powers are diluted, and that the representative of the state in the GST Council have veto power. The power to have a tax implemented in JK will remain with the state. I think such a resolution will be implemented and the state will retain its power,” Firdous Tak, senior PDP leader, told Kashmir Reader.
Earlier experts have suggested that direct extension of the Indian amendment shall erode the power of JK to impose taxes within the state.
Tak said that suggestions will go to the President of India, who after consultation may send it to the state government to ratify it.
“And then the state will draft its own GST bill,” he added.
Asked why did the government start the discussion on GST just a month ahead of its implementation, Tak said, “It is a mistake. We should have started it earlier.”
He also said that the power to implement a Presidential Order in the state was taken from the legislature and given to the state cabinet by the NC government in 1986.
“We brought it in the public domain so that people can discuss it,” Tak said.