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Traders, civil society groups set up new panel to oppose GST passage in J&K

GST goes against the letter and spirit of the autonomy of the state says convener Siraj Ahmad

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Kashmiri traders protest GST
Kashmiri traders and transporters stage a sit-in protest against the implementation of the GST in Srinagar on Saturday. Photo:PTI

Various trade organisations along with civil society groups in on Monday formed a coordination committee to oppose implementation of the Goods and Services (GST) in the state in its present form.

Coordination Committee (JKCC), representing all trade and industrial organisations besides civil society formations in the valley, has been formed to resist implementation of the in the state, its convener Siraj Ahmad said.

Speaking to reporters, Ahmad said there are adverse implications leading to infringement of the state's and constitution by the proposed extension of the regime.

The GST, as a system, goes against the letter and spirit of the of the state, Ahmad said.

It reduces the power and flexibility of the state to pursue its own fiscal policy as well as public expenditure policy which is aligned to its own requirements, he said.

Ahmad said if the new regime is implemented in its present form, neither the state legislature nor the state cabinet would have any say on taxation matters.

The new body warned the against extending the 101st constitutional amendment to the state.

"We outrightly reject the extension of 101st amendment. The state should come up with a separate on having a separate for the state that may synchronise with the passed by the central government," the convener said.

Any model prepared by the government should be put in public domain for extensive discussions over that, he added.

Ahmad said all business establishments would hoist black flags on their establishments tomorrow.

The business fraternity would also hold a sit-in near the assembly in order to mount pressure on the to support them.

The biggest in independent India was rolled out in the country at the stroke of the midnight, the intervening night of June 30-July 1 by President and

First Published: Mon, July 03 2017. 19:51 IST