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GST won't affect financial autonomy of local bodies: Maha govt

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

said it would ensure that the goods and services (GST) does not hamper financial autonomy of local self bodies, as the special three-day session of the state Legislature began here today.

"The has accepted the responsibility of compensation to local bodies for five years, for the loss of due to abolition of octroi and local body due to GST," Minister told the during a discussion on bills.

Around 5,100 staffers in department have been trained for work related to implementation, Mungantiwar said, adding another 6,000 will be trained later.

The House passed the Bill to provide for compensation of and other local authorities for loss of arising on account of abolition of octroi and local body due to implementation of GST' today.

It also passed the 'Bill to amend the Municipal Corporation Act, the entertainment duty Act, the Municipal Corporations Act, the motor vehicles Act, Village Panchayats Act, municipal councils, nagar panchayats and industrial townships Act, state on Professions, trades, callings and employments Act and the Value Added Act'.

The House, which was adjourned today after passage of the two bills, will take up tomorrow the 'Bill to make provisions for levy and collection of on intra state supply of goods or, services or, both in Maharashtra'.

Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe- Patil, while participating in the debate, said the should also pay attention to the issue of loan waiver for farmers.

"Is the more important than farmers' loan waiver?" he asked.

Earlier today, when the House proceedings began, the Opposition in Legislative Assembly targeted the Devendra Fadnavis-led for not providing bill copies in Marathi.

NCP MLA and former Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said it is the "failure" of the that Marathi translation of Bill Number 35, one of the three bills to be tabled today, was not available, even when the House proceedings began.

There has been a dereliction of duty on part of the for failing to make available Marathi translation of bill 35, former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said.

"We did not get adequate time to read the bill before discussing it in the House," Chavan said.

Chief minister Fadnavis said the opposition is indulging in delaying tactics by insisting on bill 35 copy despite the bill not being called for discussion.

The three-day special session of the Legislature to discuss and ratify the Goods and Services (GST) Bill, 2017, to pave way for the national roll-out of on July 1, began here today.

The draft Bill, approved by the state cabinet, was tabled during the session. The Bill seeks to protect the financial powers and autonomy of local self-bodies in the state.

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 18:28 IST