Rajasthan Assembly passes GST bill

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Jaipur, Sep 2, 2016: With Rajasthan on Friday becoming the 17th state to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, the 122nd constitution amendment after Odisha is now ready to be sent for the President’s assent before being notified as law.

The resolution in support of the bill was moved by Urban Development Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat amidst shouting of slogans by the opposition Congress and other party members who were demanding a debate on the death of cows in Hingonia Goshala in Jaipur, the issue of a 17-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and killed and other issues, including corruption.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her cabinet colleagues spoke on the bill.

Raje said that GST is in the interest of Rajasthan as well as the country. “This will give a fillip to investment and development and generate more employment opportunities,” Raje said in the assembly.

“This would also help bring down inflation and will increase exports,” the Chief Minister said.

Rajasthan’s Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that GST would help in curbing corruption. “Transparency would increase and corrupt practices will be curbed… It is an ideal tax system,” Kataria said.

“It will especially help the backward states and bring unanimity in taxes among states,” the Home Minister added.

Parliamentary Minister Rajendra Rathore said that GST will help in curbing tax evasion.

Higher Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf while echoing similar views said that GST would help in boosting foreign investment in the country.

Wefornews Bureau

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