Srinagar, Jun 29: The All Party Consultative group meeting on extending Goods and Services Tax (GST) held today here was “inconclusive” and with “no concrete outcome” yet.
CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami told KNS that the meeting on GST was “inconclusive” and there was “no forward movement”.
“The opposition parties reiterated their earlier stand that is to oppose GST extension in its present form,” Tarigami said.
He said that the chairman of the committee, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, coordinated the meeting and said that he will present the suggestions of the parties to the government in the form of a report.
The group is headed by senior PDP leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig and comprises members of all opposition political parties.
“However, government representatives could not present any strong suggestions on safeguarding Article 370 and fiscal autonomy. Though finance minister said that the GST extension will not erode the constitutional status of the state,” he said.
The Government was represented by finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu and Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan.
National Conference and Congress, which had not attended the previous meeting, participated today and reiterated their opposing stand.
PDF Chairman and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Yasin said that his party will never allow the extension of GST, which is Section 101, to the state in its present form.
“We asked the government that opposition will oppose the extension of GST to the state unless there are constitutional and fiscal safeguards. The meeting held discussions about GST and everyone presented his viewpoint,” he said.
He said that the chairman of the committee, Muzaffar Hussain Baig was impartial and said that the government should decide and think on GST implementation in the state.
He said that BJP’s representative said that the government should not waste time in implementing the GST.
Yaseen said that the extension of GST to the state through Ordinance was not discussed in the meeting.
Jammu and Kashmir is the only state which has not given its nod to extending GST, even as all other states have gives their nod and the GST will be rolled out on July 1. (KNS)