Bhubaneswar: The much awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill was passed in the Odisha Assembly today. Amid opposition party Congress’s protests over several provisions made in the Bill and their exclusion the Bill was passed by a majority of voice vote.
According to reports, the GST Bill which was taken for discussion in the Odisha Assembly today was protested by Congress members who dubbed it as anti-farmer and anti-labourer. But on the other hand both BJD and BJP members considered it to be a pivotal step towards organizing the tax structure for the whole of the country. Later on it was passed by a voice vote during the afternoon.
After the GST was passed, four tax rates will be applied to the services such as telecom, hotels and transport. Bringing down the tax leakages provision for fixed slabs at 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent in GST will replace a bundle of indirect taxes imposed by the centre.
But on the other hand reacting sharply on the GST passing, Leader of the Opposition Party (LoP) Narasingha Mishra claimed that the bill has a number of discrepancies. Similarly, he insisted that taxing farmers and labourers are violation of their rights. As government did not accepted proposal of amendment in the bill it is a clear cut breach of privilege of the House.