KG News Desk
Srinagar, June 19: Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister J&K, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed him about the consultations which had been done and the action under way to finalise the GST framework. Pointing to the consequences of continuing delay in regard to this important issue the Governor advised timely decisions being taken in the interest of safeguarding J&K’s economy and the welfare of the people.
Governor also discussed with Chief Minister the continuing militant attacks on Police personnel and urged her to review the existing policy and scales of help provided to the next of kin of those killed in the line of duty. And, as required, he would also take up this matter with the Union Home Minister.
The other matters discussed by the Governor and Chief Minister included the recent allegations about the functioning of the State Public Service Commission, the time frame of elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies and filling up of vacancies in the State level Commissions.
A special session of the state assembly held on Saturday to discuss implementation of the new tax regime was adjourned indefinitely after the house descended into chaos.
Unlike other states, it would take a legislative amendment to adopt GST in Jammu and Kashmir. Taking this into consideration, speaker Kavinder Gupta concluded that the state would take a call on the matter only after an all-party committee comes up with a report on the tax regime.
While the government claims that the GST would integrate the economy of Jammu and Kashmir with that of mainstream India, significantly benefitting it in the process, Opposition parties and traders fear that its implementation will compromise the fiscal autonomy and special status of the state. Traders have threatened to embark on a massive agitation if the tax regime is forced on them, and the National Conference has advised the government to desist from implementing something that would have “irreversible ramifications on the state’s fiscal autonomy