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Implement GST by protecting fiscal autonomy of JK: NC to govt

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The NC today asked the to implement the on its own terms by protecting the fiscal autonomy and special status of the state and said it would fight tooth and nail if the regime was applied in its present form.

Senior leader and former state minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, told reporters here that the state was competent enough to form its own regime.

"We have a clear stand on it. If the constitutional amendment (101, passed by Parliament) is applied in in its present form, we will fight it tooth and nail," he said.

"We will not allow it, we will not accept it. GST, at the cost of our special position and fiscal autonomy, is not acceptable to the NC," Rather said.

He said the state should implement the regime on its own terms.

"We are telling them (the state government) to impose our own If of wants to impose C-(Central GST), we will impose our own here. Whatever is the of India's share, we will give them that," he said.

"The money would not be devolved from there, there will be upward, reverse devolution. Neither will they have to make a law, nor will it impact our fiscal autonomy. We will form our own regime," he said.

Citing the example of Canada, the NC leader said the state was competent enough to form its own regime.

"Are we not competent? If such a system can work in Canada, where one of the provinces refused to impose a GST- like regime and formed its own, why cannot it happen here? There are precedents in the world, only you (the state government) will have to study them," he said.

The former minister said the NC-led state in 2012 had prepared a blueprint for a regime as it had foreseen the implementation of the

He said it prepared the blueprint on its own terms by preserving the state's special position and fiscal autonomy and took expert legal opinion on the issue.

A proposal was also sent to the Cabinet which referred it to a sub-committee which okayed it and sent it back to the Cabinet.

"A copy of that blueprint is with the Empowered Committee (of the ministers of various states). That blueprint can be a way forward. Let the study it," Rather said.

He said the party gave this suggestion to the at an all-party meet yesterday but they have not recieved any response so far.

He said the NC wanted reforms but not ones which were against the wishes and aspirations of the people.

Asked if the state government, which enjoys a majority in the Assembly, implements the Constitutional Amendment 101 in its original form, Rather said, "The state will be playing with fire and it will have dangerous consequences."

He said the state would be surrendering its power to the Centre if the was implemented in its present form.

"The state will lose its authority. We will have no powers to revise the taxes which the present minister has promised the business community. He cannot do that. It is the council which has all the powers," he claimed.

He said the state cannot touch a law passed by the and it would increase the powers of the Centre and reduce the residual powers of the state.

Rather claimed that the state was confused over the issue.

"On one hand they call an all-party meeting and a session of the to discuss it, on the other, the Commercial Taxes Department issued advertisement in newspapers here asking business establishments to register themselves under the new law," he said.

"Which law are they talking about? When the law has not been passed here yet, how can the issue such an advertisement," he added.

The NC leader said the state should have held consultations over the issue when the passed the law last year.

"The Union minister gave the states time to get ready. But they (J-K government) did not talk about it for 10 months and now want to implement it in 10 days. Such a comprehensive law cannot be implemented in a hurry," he said.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 18:44 IST