Chhattisgarh legislative assembly today passed the state Goods and Service Tax Bill 2017 by a voice vote after a three hour long debate.
It became the fifth state in the country to pass the bill. Replying to the debate on the bill, Chief Minister Raman Singh said there is no cause of worry about the state’s finances as the revenue loss being caused to the producer states like Chhattisgarh after GST’s implementation would be compensated for the next five years.
Leader of the opposition T S Singhdeo of Congress said some of the provisions in the GST Law could cause difficulties to the citizens and there is a need to analyze and adopt the experiences of such tax reforms in other countries.
State commercial taxes minister Amar Agrawal said the state government would organise camps at different places to address the quries and concerns of traders and businessmen about GST for its smooth implementation.
Earlier, Bihar, Telangana, Jharkhand and Rajasthan have already passed the state GST Bill 2017 after both houses of parliament adopted the GST Bill during the budget session this year.