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Uttar Pradesh assembly clears GST bill unanimously

Yogi Adityanath said the new law would bring uniformity in taxes and that all apprehensions were unfounded.

lucknow Updated: May 16, 2017 18:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditiyanath on way to attend the UP assembly session in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditiyanath on way to attend the UP assembly session in Lucknow on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the Uttar Pradesh Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 with chief minister Yogi Adityanath assuring members that the new law would bring uniformity in taxes and that all their apprehensions were unfounded.

All the major political parties - Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress - supported the bill with a voice vote.

With the assembly passing the bill, the state government might not find it difficult to get the bill passed in the legislative council where the SP has a majority.

Yogi said the GST bill, based on one nation one tax concept, was a revolutionary step to bring about economic reforms in the country. He said the previous SP-led government had taken part in 11 out of 13 meetings of the GST Council that has two-third representatives of states and one third representation of the centre.

He said traders will not have to maintain different accounts to pay different taxes and the new law will be implemented through a mechanised system with minimum human interference.

Earlier, leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary had demanded that the bill be referred to a select committee for wider scrutiny.

SP member Nitin Agarwal said the provisions about prosecuting traders should be removed from the bill. “Traders could be penalised by imposing fine,” he said.

Another SP member Sanjay Garg said though the bill was being passed in the state assembly, the members were not aware about the rate of tax on different items.

After passage of the bill from the state legislature, the power to fix the rate of tax would be with the centre, he said.

BSP member Uma Shankar Singh said traders would find it difficult to maintain the electronic credit ledger.

“There is no need to be afraid of the GST...all non-BJP ruled states have also passed it. For redressing their problems, the GST council is going to hold its meeting soon,” the chief minister said.

After the bill is passed by both Houses of the state legislature, Uttar Pradesh will join the likes of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Telangana, Bihar and Rajasthan whose legislatures have given their nod to the indirect tax regime.

Four key GST legislations - the Central GST Act, the Integrated GST Act, the GST (Compensation to States) Act and the Union Territory GST Act - were passed by Parliament in its last session.

The four legislations have since got the president’s assent.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: May 16, 2017 18:26 IST

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