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Odisha Assembly ratifies GST Bill

Bhubaneswar, Sep 1: Odisha Legislative Assembly on Thursday ratified the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitutional Amendment Bill passed by the Parliament, at a special one-day session.

The proposal was passed unanimously by the House, making Odisha the sixteenth State to ratify the GST bill, billed as the biggest tax reform since Independence.

The Bill was first cleared by BJP-ruled Assam on August 12, followed by Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Nagaland, Maharashtra, Haryana, Sikkim, Mizoram, Telangana and Goa.

After an obituary reference, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who tabled the resolution to ratify the Bill said, “The Goods and Services Tax will bring about comprehensive reform in the indirect tax regime across the country. General consumers, businessmen and industries will gain from the GST system.”

The Bill was passed following three hours of discussion.

Patnaik, however, informed the House that the State Government would separately request the Centre to consider its concern over imposition of green tax on polluting goods in addition to the GST and take appropriate steps for Central Sales Tax compensation to the State up to the day the GST is adopted.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, BJD members Bed Prakash Agrawala and Amar Prasad Satpathy, BJP leader KV Singh Deo and Congress MLAs Prafulla Majhi and Naba Das participated in the discussion, among others.

They all hailed the Bill as a landmark tax reform move and supported the resolution.

The Chief Minister thanked the members of all the parties for supporting the resolution.

After the Bill was passed, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House sine die.

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