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West Bengal Likely to Ratify GST, RERA During Its Monsoon Session

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra had said that they were not against Goods and Services Tax (GST) but it is half-baked and dangerous in its present state.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:August 3, 2017, 8:48 PM IST
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West Bengal Likely to Ratify GST, RERA During Its Monsoon Session
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Kolkata: The West Bengal Assembly is likely to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) during its Monsoon Session on August 7.

The session would begin on August 4 and continue for two weeks till August 17.

“The state government purposely created drama and delayed GST to fool the people of Bengal. There is a secret understanding between the Centre and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. I know, they are going to ratify GST and RERA on August 7,” said CPI (M) leader and Siliguri MLA Ashok Bhattacharjee.

West Bengal along with other states like Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Goa had formed the draft rules but hadn’t notified RERA.

Speaking to News18 on the issue, Economist Bhaswar Moitra said, “I don’t see any reason the state government should not ratify the GST Bill. This has already been ratified by other states and I think the government should do so to avail several benefits of the one nation, one tax policy.”

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra had said that they were not against Goods and Services Tax (GST) but it is half-baked and dangerous in its present state.

“The BJP had opposed GST for seven years in every way possible. I had to fight them when I was in Delhi. Even Narendra Modi had opposed it. Our party supported GST in 2009 and nobody else’s manifesto carried it. We have together made GST happen. Nobody needs to seek credit – it is to everybody’s credit,” he had said.

On June 30, Mamata Banerjee had expressed her shock to find that the GST rules contain a ‘draconian arrest clause’ which can lead to major harassment of business, particularly the small and medium ones. Some of the sections in the clause were non-bailable.

In a Facebook post, she said, “I would like to point out that under the current VAT regime, field officials of the state do not have the power to arrest. If they feel that there is a serious tax offence, then they will have to file a FIR and pursue the due process of law. But in the case of GST, the inspectors have the power to arrest on four different types of offences which can lead to jail from one to five years.”
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