Srinagar, Jun 19: PDP General Secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir today said that government tried to build consensus on GST issue in broad day light by involving all the stake holders.
He said that convening a special assembly session was by virtue of J&K’s constitutional provisions and as an academic debate and legislative ethics, it was an opportune time to weigh the applicability of GST to the state.
Mir said that in a democracy everybody has a right to disagree and concerns of the various sections of the society were legitimate, however the government should be allowed to present a way forward upholding the fiscal and constitutional autonomy and after that agreements or disagreements could be reasonably arrived at.
Underlining that special status of the state is integral to any fiscal benefit, Mir said that it is expected that government would work on modalities to protect the state laws and same was assured by the Chief Minister, it is self explanatory that PDP led government is inviting a debate in broad day light, thus keeping the aspirations of people in mind.
Mir thanked the civil society and opposition members for expressing their concerns and urged them to be a part of discussions and deliberations for broader consensus. (KNS)