Puducherry Assembly passes GST Bill

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The Puducherry Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed the Puducherry Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017.

The bill, which was yesterday tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, was today passed unanimously through a voice vote with the Opposition not pressing for sending it to the select committee.

Lauding the GST Bill as revolutionary, Yogi Adityanath said this was one of the biggest Bills for economic improvement in the country and added that the predecessor government in the state as well had approved the GST.

The proposed GST would broaden the tax base and result in better compliance due to a robust information technology infrastructure, state Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said while introducing the Bill in the Legislative Assembly.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

He said after the new tax regime is implemented, revenue of the state is likely to increase.

However, the proceedings of the house continued amidst the din and the bill is passed.

"The doubts of the members over lack of computer knowledge has been taken care of".

Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary alleged that riots, murder, loot have become day of the order under Adityanath government.

"There is no need to be afraid of the GST".

After the GST Bill, the Assembly also passed another Bill amending AP Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure ACT to felicitate appointment of badminton ace and Olympic silver medalist P V Sindhu as deputy collector. He said the Union government with the slogan "One nation, one tax" has come out with this innovative programme.

"Puducherry has been given the status of State while it is included in the GST council", he said. GST is getting support from all over the country.

After the bill is passed by both Houses of the state legislature, Uttar Pradesh will join the likes of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Telangana, Bihar and Rajasthan whose legislatures have given their nod to the indirect tax regime.

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