PDP’s deceit exposed, says NC
Reacting to extension of Goods and Services Tax to Jammu and Kashmir, the opposition National Conference on Friday said the Presidential order should have mentioned that GST Council has no taxation powers for the state.
Former finance minister and NC's senior leader Abdur Rahim Rather told KNS that the questions and concerns raised by the party and other stakeholders about GST have not been addressed at all in the Presidential Order.
"The power of the GST Council and the Parliament to levy taxes to Jammu and Kashmir have been extended to the state as is mentioned in the Presidential Order under Article 279- A," he told KNS.
He said prior to extension of GST regime to J&K, the state legislature had the power to decide and impose taxes in the state. "Now under GST and GST Council, those powers are gone. Our state legislature cannot decide on taxes. As such fiscal autonomy of state has become a casualty. The two constitutional provisions referred to above have been reduced to husk," he said.
He said: "Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and Section 5 of J&K Constitution are eroded and diluted. That's why the opponents of fiscal autonomy and special position enjoyed by the J&K under the Indian constitution are celebrating after the PDP-led government passed the obnoxious resolution on GST," he said. (KNS)