Chhattisgarh assembly ratifies Constitution amendment bill on GST

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2016 22:04 IST
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will replace a patchwork of central and state levies on goods and services. (AFP Photo)

The Chhattisgarh assembly unanimously ratified the 122nd Amendment Bill for Goods and Services Tax (GST) after it was tabled for discussion on Monday.

The BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh convened a special one-day session to ratify the bill, which is aimed at bringing a uniform tax regime in the country.

“In the area of taxation, this is a historical reform. It would make taxation transparent, efficient and improve our ease of doing business. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there will be barrier free flow of goods,” said chief minister Raman Singh said.

The opposition Congress reiterated that the standard rate of GST should not be more than 18%. “Our only concern is that the interests of Chhattisgarh should not be compromised by the framework of the bill,” Leader of Opposition in the assembly, TS Singhdeo, said.

The Raman Singh cabinet held a meeting to approve the bill before it was tabled for discussion and voting in the House.

The GST Bill needs to be ratified by at least 15 state legislatures before the President can notify the GST Council which will decide the new tax rate and other issues. The government has set a deadline of April, 2017 for its rollout.

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