GST row: Enact own legislation under Section 5 of J&K Constitution, Tarigami to Govt

GST row: Enact own legislation under Section 5 of J&K Constitution, Tarigami to Govt

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Srinagar:  Alleging that the Government resolution on Goods and Services Tax (GST) was 'ambigous' and lacked clarity, Communist Party of India (M) lone member in the Legislative Assembly Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today reiterated the demand to enact legislation under Section 5 of the State Constitution. "The resolution introduced by Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu yesterday in the House is ambiguous and lacks clarity and Government should have come out with a concrete proposal suggesting way forward on the basis of Section 5 of the Constitution of J&K, which provides residuary powers to our State Legislature," Mr Tarigami said in the House today. He said the best course available to the State Government is to enact its own legislation as per its requirements by exercising powers conferred upon it under Section 5 of the State Constitution. He said the GST regime strikes at the basic structure of the Constitution which is federalism and the powers of the states have been taken away by the Centre in the name of ‘One Nation One Tax’ slogan. The states, by this constitutional amendment have been reduced to the status of mendicants, virtually a subversion of the federal polity, he said, adding that its very mode of enactment is unconstitutional. Article 17 of the Act makes amendment with regard to sales tax which belongs to the state list of the Seventh Schedule. It is not within the jurisdiction of Parliament to make enactments relating to items included in the state list of the Seventh Schedule. In its absence, Parliament enacting on a matter belonging to the jurisdiction exclusively of the states, is itself unconstitutional. He said in GST Council, for taking any decision including fixing of slabs of tax rates, 1/3rd vote is of Union of India and 2/3rd vote is of State Governments. Any Government in the Union having majority in some of the states can take a decision with respect to imposition of GST for whole of the country and will clearly disturb the financial distribution of powers between the Union and the States as originally enshrined in the Constitution of the country. 

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