The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was on Tuesday adjourned till 2:30pm after noisy scenes were witnessed in a special one-day session called to discuss the implementation of Goods and Services Tax. Independent MLA from Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed was marshalled out of the Legislative Assembly. The government missed the June 30 deadline to pass the GST in the state assembly. The PDP-BJP-led government, however, is attempting to form consensus with opposition parties to pass the bill in the House.
Meanwhile, Police detained several traders after they tried to march towards the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to protest the implementation of GST in the state in its present form. Terming the GST as 'Government Saving Tax', JKPCC Chief, G A Mir on Monday said that PDP-BJP government is trying every bid to implement the law here to save their chair.
The GST Bill has been passed by all states and union territories, except for Jammu & Kashmir. Earlier, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on being asked about the Opposition to GST in the Valley, said, "GST will be beneficial for people in Jammu & Kashmir. I am hopeful that all political parties would be able to clear their doubts soon. GST would only ensure prosperity for the consumers, traders and businessmen in the Valley."
GST was rolled-out on Friday midnight by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament. The taxation mechanism replaces all forms of incumbent indirect taxes across the nation.