Assembly unanimously passes state GST Bill

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, June 15:- With less than a month left for the rollout of the GST, the ‘Karnataka Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017’ was unanimously passed by the state Assembly here today.

Before Karnataka, as many as 24 states and Union Territories had passed the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) bill in their respective legislative assemblies.

As per the GST Constitutional amendment, all states have to pass SGST bills by September 15, 2017, failing which they will lose their taxation powers.

Piloting the bill, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state has always been at the forefront of issues like implementing tax reforms, including VAT.

“Even the World Bank has acknowledged Karnataka as the most progressive states in implementing tax reforms,” he added.

Siddaramaiah also said since parliament has already passed GST Bill, the state assembly did not have much scope to debate over it because decision-making powers are vested with the GST Council.

However, suggestions submitted by members will be presented during GST Council meetings, he added.

The chief minister said he did not attend the GST Council meetings because he did not get time and had deputed Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda.


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