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GST rollout: All except J-K pass State GST legislation

Kerala on Wednesday issued an ordinance approving the SGST Act, while West Bengal had issued it on June 15. Given the special status under the Constitution, J&K needs to ratify all GST-related laws in its Assembly, unlike states which had to pass only SGST Act.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 8:18 am
GST, GST rollout, Goods and services tax, Kerala GST, J&K GST, Kerala GST ordinance, Jammu and Kashmir legislatures observe 2 minute silence to pay homage to former members of the house and former governor G C Saxena. J&K is the only state which did not pass the state GST Bill. (PTI Photo, File)

All states and union territories (UTs), except Jammu & Kashmir, have passed the State GST Act and are on board for the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) from the midnight of June 30.

Two opposition-ruled states of Kerala and West Bengal have issued an ordinance to approve the SGST Act, while all other states and UTs have passed it in their respective legislative assemblies. “As of (now), all the states and union territories (having Assemblies), except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, have passed the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Act,” the finance ministry stated.

Kerala on Wednesday issued an ordinance approving the SGST Act, while West Bengal had issued it on June 15. Given the special status under the Constitution, J&K needs to ratify all GST-related laws in its Assembly, unlike other states which had to pass only SGST Act.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state is facing stiff opposition from state for clearing GST bills as they fear it would lead to loss of fiscal autonomy of the state.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on Wednesday said that if any state remains out from rolling out GST regime, both its traders and consumers will suffer loss and won’t be eligible for compensation package. “Because they will not get the benefit of input tax, they will have to pay tax twice and the consumers will get materials which are costlier than the rest of the country. Also, compensation package won’t be given to states who do not implement GST,” Jaitley said. The new indirect tax regime will be launched in Parliament’s historic Central Hall on the midnight of June 30-July 1, reminiscent of India’s tryst with destiny moment at the midnight of August 14, 1947.

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    sanoj yadav
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    all the best
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      Parth Garg
      Jun 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm
      It is not some Chamber of Commerce or a Tax Consultants' Guild or a Consumers' Organisation but a learned public spirited individual by name Prof. Dr. Kanagabapati Pillay who has filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court at its prin l seat urging the Court to postpone the hurried implementation of a complex new tax law called GST from 1st July, 2017 to 1st April, 2018. He has supported his pe ion with very logical and sound arguments namely that a] the implementation of the law by the States is much in doubt b] the rates of taxes have been subjected to frequent changes on public demand and there are still clamor from various sources for correcting the tax rates which have not been addressed by the government c] the rates of taxes have not been put up before the Parliament for its ratification d] that there is no clear provisions for grant of input tax credit which is vital in avoiding the cascading effect of tax E] businessmen are not equipped or ready for GST.
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      1. Ml Pandit
        Jun 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm
        J K need not to pass the law as the State lives on central grants mostly. Leave alone taxes, the state does not collect even electricity bills. Check the facts and remember the grants the state gets are the highest per head.
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          Vivek Gurkha
          Jun 26, 2017 at 10:43 am
          People of Jammu pay 100 electricity bill but only people in Kashmir dont pay
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          South Indian
          Jun 22, 2017 at 7:44 am
          Now the lazy non productive cow belt Hindi states will live off the money earned by hard working South Indian states and with that money enforce their language on us and the unchecked immigration from the cow belt will make us another cow belt. Congrats J K, you resisted the trap.
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            Saroj Mandal
            Jun 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm
            I believe, cow is holy to South Indians also unless you belong to Converted Christian or Muslim community.
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            Praful Vora
            Jun 22, 2017 at 7:04 am
            It's their lost those stupid the legislatures and opposition party members of Jammu and Kashmir should not be reelected and it is their fault let them suffer
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