Tamil Nadu, Punjab assemblies pass GST bill

Tamil Nadu Assembly. File

Tamil Nadu Assembly. File

In Tamil Nadu, the GST bill was adopted amid opposition by the DMK.

The Tamil Nadu Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 was later passed by a voice vote in the absence of the DMK, even as its allies Congress and IUML stayed back. DMK claimed that the bill had been introduced without consultations and demanded that it be sent to select committee.

Interestingly, DMK allies Congress and IUML stayed back even when Stalin and his colleagues trooped out of the House.

Earlier in the day, the Punjab cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, had approved a proposal for amending the Punjab Municipal Fund Act, 2006 and the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund Act, 2011 to pave way for the implementation of the Punjab State Goods and Service Tax Bill, 2017.

"The governor today gave his assent to all the three bills related to GST", said a senior official of the state Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Department. State finance minister D Jayakumar assured traders and general public that enough safeguards had been taken to protect them from the effect of the new tax regime. "It is expected to reduce cost of production and inflation in the economy, thereby making the trade and industry more competitive", Veeramani had said while moving the bill.

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