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TN has succeeded in getting many issues on GST redressed:

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today said it had "consistently raised" many issues with the Centre regarding Goods and Services and succeeded in getting many of them reddressed "to its satisfaction."

Commercial Taxes minister K C Veeramani recalled that former chief minister had in 2014 "cautioned that certain key issues would have to be resolved to facilitate a smooth rollout of "


The issues included impact of on the fiscal autonomy of states and loss of on account of lower taxes on declared goods, he told the state assembly.

has "consistently raised" these issues in as well as in other fora and it was largely due to the concerns voiced by the state that many of the provisions of the constitutional amendment bill were suitably modified, he said.

Further, the state has voiced its concerns on many aspects during the 18 meetings of the Council, he said, adding "as a result, it (TN) has succeeded in getting many of the issues redressed to its satisfaction."

Issues that were redressed included providing compensation to states for loss sustained due to the implementation of GST, he said.

"The provision for special treatment of Declared Goods has been removed, thereby protecting the interests of the state," he said.

Subsequently, alcoholic liquor meant for human consumption has been kept out of the ambit even as petroleum products have also been kept outside the purview of the new regime,he said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Congress and the were involved in a debate over implementing

When Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy wanted to know "whether was supporting or opposing GST," Veeramani said many changes had been accommodated in as per the state's insistence.

He said whatever issues can be discussed in the Council and solutions could be arrived.

Finance Minister D Jayakumar, who intervened, said there will be a "constitutional breakdown" if a state did not accept a central law.

The state has taken adequate measures to uphold its fiscal autonomy, he added.

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