Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh government was not toeing party line on the issue of rolling out of Goods and Services Tax(GST) as the former supporting Modi government against the Congress stand in the Parliament.
Being consumer state government has no serious reservations about the proposed amendment Bill for rolling out the Goods and Services Tax, however, Congress party has been staged walk out on the issue on this Bill in lower house and likely to oppose it vehemently in the upper house soon.
Mr Singh has cleared his stand to media as he had indicated to favour not toeing party line over this issue.
“We did not oppose the bill but are studying various aspects and their implications but will finally go by the stand taken by the party “ five time chief minister told media persons today.
“The Bill is yet to be passed by the Rajya Sabha and ratified by more than 50 per cent states before it is actually implemented and we would wait for it,” he added. The top brass in the government stated that big manufacturing states were opposing proposed legislation as these states have concern that it could cut down their revenue drastically, however, Himachal likely to be greatly benefited from new tax regime, Official was of this view.
There are also different opinion among states to keep petroleum products under its ambit as those states keeping petrol and diesel in high tax slab may be force to reduce their levies.
Himachal Pradesh considered mainly consumer state expected to be benefit from this new tax regime as consumer goods brought here from other states likely to increase its receipts on the sale. – UNI