Srinagar, Jun 24: Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) President and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin today said that passing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill must be discussed properly in the Assembly before it is passed to safeguard the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hakim Yasin, who attended the all-party meeting called by the government to discuss the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state, alongwith CPI (M) leader and MLA Khansahib, M Y Tarigami, MLA Langate Er Rasheed and DP (N) President Ghulam Hassan Mir, said, “We told in clear terms that we won’t allow anybody to erode the remaining provisiions of the autonomy. We said it is not necessary to pass the GST Bill on July 1 only.”
“J&K is the sensitive state and for some time if the Bill is not passed it won’t make much difference. We told the government that let us discuss the Bill in the Assembly first and if there are any apprehension, let the government clear it in the House,” he said.
“Government is itself not clear over the GST implementation. There is difference of opinion over the issue between alliance partners PDP and BJP and the apprehensions of people are genuine in this scenrio. We told the government that we won’t allow anybody to erode the fiscal autonomy of the state,” the PDF chief added. (KNS)