J&K passes bill to implement GST in the State

Now, as the 101st Constitutional Amendment has been passed by J&K as well, GST has become a pan-India tax.

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On Wednesday, both the Houses of Jammu and Kashmir (legislative assembly and legislative council) passed a resolution adopting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) through a president order.

It is to be noted that GST is a constitutional amendment and no such amendment made to the Constitution of India extends to the state of J&K unless it is extended by a presidential order. Therefore, a presidential order was made to the State to adopt GST.

Read more: All you need to know about GST

Opposition party politicians and separatist leaders claim that GST would be a menace to the special status granted to J&K by the provisions of Article 370 of the constitution and taxation powers granted by Section 5 of the J&K Constitution. However, Finance Minister of J&K rejected their claim and said he would ensure that both Article 370 of the Constitution of India and Section 5 of the J&K Constitution remain unhurt.

Now, as the 101st Constitutional Amendment has been passed by J&K as well, GST has become a pan-India tax.

References:

Indian Polity for Civil Services Examination by M Laxmikanth

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/jk-houses-adopt-gst-resolution/article19217220.ece

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/jammu-and-kashmir-passes-bill-to-implement-gst-in-the-state/articleshow/59463766.cms

 

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