Bihar Assembly will meet special one-day session to clear GST Bill


PATNA: On August 4 Bihar Assembly's monsoon session concluded but it has call for a special one-day session on August 16 to pass the Goods and Services tax (GST) bill cleared by the Rajya Sabha previous week. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, typically not in league with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had, previous week, phoned Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, offering to assemble a special sitting to sign off on the proposal.

 The Chief Minister has former conveyed that the GST could add about 8,000 crores to Bihar's revenue every year. On August 3 the proposal for the GST, India's biggest ever tax reform, was vacant by the Rajya Sabha. On August 9, the Lok Sabha generally passed the constitution amendment bill and currently the GST must be cleared by at least 15 of the 29 states. The administration aims to accomplish the task within the next 30 days.

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What parliament and then states are in the process of positive is an amendment to the constitution that gives the administration fresh taxation powers. Then, part legislation will be sent for review on the rate of the new GST, as well as its scope.   State administration widely supports the GST because it will increase their share of taxes and make cross-border buy and sell far smoother. Their legislature will collaborate with the Finance Minister on deciding the rate.

Though an 18% rate has been proposed by the administration own chief economic adviser, Finance Ministry representatives conveyed the tax is probable to be higher.  The main opposition Congress party has conveyed it will campaign next to the GST if it is not capped at 18%. States that manufacture goods have been guaranteed that they will be remunerated for five years by the centre for the losses they will incur since the GST is applied on utilization.   On Friday, Assam cleared the bill only four days following both houses of parliament unanimously passed it.

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