Srinagar, June 17: The state assembly on Saturday failed to pass the GST bill in a special one day session as the opposition MLAs accused the Mehbooba Mufti-led government of “blinding boys and girls by using pellet guns”.
As soon as the assembly started to take up obituary references, Congress MLAs stood up on their seats demanding that the names of those killed in the unrest be included in the obituary references of the house.
The Congress MLAs said the PDP-BJP government was blinding boys and girls by using pellet guns and later distributing scooties and laptops among them.
As speaker Kulwinder Gupta tried to restore order in the house, National Conference MLA Devender Rana stood up and accused the speaker of destroying the credibility of the house by acting at the behest of New Delhi.
The NC and the Congress also protested outside the assembly against “innocent killings” in the Valley.
The protesting legislators carried placards saying “stop innocent killings”, “stop state terrorism”.
The government had convened the session to discuss the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation which needs a constitutional amendment by the legislature so that the new tax regime is adopted in the state.
Meanwhile, groups of traders, manufacturers and other businessmen staged a sit-in in the city’s Lal Chowk area against the move.
Protesting traders, manufacturers and other businessmen later started a march towards the assembly to register their protest against the implementation of GST in the state.
Govt to seek complete consensus: Naeem  
The state government today termed GST as a “good tax reform” but said it will not push for its implementation till the time there is complete consensus on the issue.
“Government is willing to introduce GST in the state with ample safeguards as this tax reform will be beneficial for the state economy and traders.
“With proper safeguards, GST will not endanger the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted to it by the Constitution of India under Article 370,” public works minister Naeem Akhtar said in a statement.
He said inputs are welcome from all stakeholders so that the government can work towards resolving those concerns besides strengthening the reform so that it becomes a people friendly tax reform and there is a consensus in the state regarding the same.
Reiterating that the constitutional amendment regarding GST does not apply to J&K suo-moto, the minster said, “GST is a good tax reform which will be taken up for implementation only after arriving at consensus through broad-based consultation process.”
He said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had called an all party meeting ahead of the special session of legislature to take the viewpoint of the people’s representatives and seek their suggestions regarding implementation of GST in the State.
An all party panel has been constituted to take suggestions, viewpoint and inputs from all stakeholders so that interests of the consumers can be protected, the minister said adding “government will not push for GST implementation in JK till the time there is complete consensus on the issue”.
Akhtar said there would be “effective consultation” process which will surely help the government to come up with an overall “better and consumer friendly” GST.
House adjourned sine die
Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today adjourned the house sine die.
“The Speaker in exercise of powers conferred on him under rule 16 of the rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly adjourned the House sine-die today onJune 17, 2017,” a bulletin issued by Assembly Secretariat stated.