GST Bill in Odisha Legislative Assembly hit hurdles


Bhubaneswar: The special session on GST Bill in the Odisha Assembly today hit hurdles from the beginning with the Opposition seeking more time to go through contents of the Bills introduced by state Finance minister SB Behera.

As the House began for the day after obituary reference to some departed ex-members of the assembly, the finance minister moved The Odisha Goods and Service Tax Bill, 2017 and The Odisha Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

However, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress objected to the manner in which the Bills were pushed in the House. He sought more time for the lawmakers to study the bills before holding a discussion on the subject.

Mishra said there are 174 clauses in The Odisha GST Bill, 2017 and 23 clauses on The Odisha VAT (Amendment) Bill, 2017 besides, huge annexures attached to them. Therefore, the members should be given adequate time to study and then discuss on the subject, Mishra said.

“Otherwise, the people will think that a bunch of jokers is sitting in the Assembly. We should have given more time to go through the GST and VAT Bills,” Mishra said.

Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the proceedings till 3 pm and called a meeting of Business Advisory Committee meeting to fix a time for the discussion on the twin bills.

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