Govt reiterates supremacy of JK Legislature by taking GST debate to house: Law Minister

SRINAGAR, JUNE 16Minister for Law Abdul Haq today emphatically made it clear that the implementation of GST in JK would in no manner compromise the state’s Special Status. He said by discussing GST in the assembly, the Government is reiterating the supremacy of the State legislature.

Elaborating over the issue, Abdul Haq said under Section-5 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir the State is free to levy any additional tax or new taxes.

He said it is ironic that the political parties that are today crying hoarse over the implementation of GST in J&K, facilitated extension of 46 Constitutional amendments of the Constitution of India to the State. “Not a single time the State Legislature was taken into confidence. This is first time when the State Government for the sake of transparency and ensuring supremacy of our own Legislature decided to deliberate in the State Legislature regarding the form in which the GST would be introduced in the State,” he added.

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