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State Assembly passes GST BillChief Minister Virbhadra Singh during the Vidhan Sabha Session in Shimla on Saturday. Tribune photo
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State Assembly passes GST Bill

Ruling, Opposition members give credit to their central leaderships28 May 2017 | 12:38 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Vidhan Sabha today unanimously passed the Himachal Pradesh Goods and Service Tax Bill, 2017, even as both ruling and Opposition members tried to give credit for the historic move to their central leaderships.

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Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 27

The Himachal Vidhan Sabha today unanimously passed the Himachal Pradesh Goods and Service Tax Bill, 2017, even as both ruling and Opposition members tried to give credit for the historic move to their central leaderships.

Moving the GST Bill on the second day of the special Assembly session, convened especially to pass it, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the GST would come into force from July 1 all over the country ushering in “one nation-one tax” era. The House passed the Bill after debating on it for almost an hour.

Participating in the debate, Leader of Opposition PK Dhumal said this was the biggest-ever economic reform undertaken in the independent India. “The traders, shopkeepers and consumers will be saved from paying multiple taxes and it is bound to bring about an improvement in the GDP by at least 1.5 to 2 per cent,” he stated.

Dhumal said even though the GST Bill had been introduced by the previous UPA regime but consensus could not be developed on certain issues, like revenue sharing and who will have the power to impose taxes. “During the NDA regime, all such issues were resolved and from July1, the entire nation will be under one tax, facilitating all,” he remarked.

He said while two-third powers would be with the Centre, only one-third powers would be with the state. “Items of daily use have either been completely exempted or kept in the lowest bracket of five per cent tax,” he said.

Transport and Civil Supplies Minister GS Bali, while welcoming the passing of the Bill, said it was during the regime of Rajiv Gandhi when a strong foundation for the IT sector was laid and the successive Congress and BJP regimes helped move towards having a uniform taxation system. “However, states like Himachal having immense tourism potential could be adversely impacted by GST, especially smaller hotel units, and this issue must be raised with the Centre,” he said echoing his concern. He urged Opposition members, including Dhumal, Shanta Kumar and JP Nadda, to take up the issue with the Centre in the interest of the state.

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27 May 2017 | 12:28 AM

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27 May 2017 | 12:28 AM

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