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WBGST Bill introduced, criticised

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Assembly today began discussions on the Goods and Services (WBGST) bill to replace the ordinance on the new system.

Though has already been rolled out across the country from July 1, is yet to pass the state bill due to reservations in certain areas.

The bill was opposed by the Left members and the ruling who supported the bill criticised the Centre for GST, which it said will cause pain to the common man, and the lack of infratructure for the new taxation system.

TMC member Shilbhadra Dutta speaking during the discussion criticised the BJP-led at the Centre. "Though we support introduction of as a noble concept, we don't agree to certain things imposed by Centre due to which the poor are being hurt."

Also the was introduced hurriedly without proper infrastructure, he said adding had the Centre introduced it with adequate infrastructure like internet connectivity across then it would have been smooth and its benefits could have been felt.

He also criticised the Centre for raising the on flattened rice, which is a food of the common people and reducing burden on luxury cars.

Another TMC member Chandrima Bhattacharya questioned the imposition of 12 per cent on sanitary napkins at a time when Centre was focusing on hygeine.

member Dilip Kr Ghosh supported the bill.

member Sukhobilas Burman questioned the drafting of the bill.

The discussion will continue tomorrow.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 19:13 IST