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Hurdle For GST Clearance

Odisha Legislative Assembly convened to clear the Goods & Service Tax(GST) Bill and amendment of Value Added Tax (VAT) Bill could not be taken up due to wrong procedure adopted by Treasury Bench,alleged LoP Narasingha Mishra.

 
So the first day of the two- day long Special Session of the House today faced the Opposition from the beginning with the Opposition seeking more time to go through contents of the Bills introduced by state Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera.
 
The House was adjourned till 10.30 am on 19 May as per the decision of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), said Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat when the proceedings resumed at 3 PM.
 
Earlier, the House was adjourned and the BAC meeting was held to fix time for the discussion on the GST Bill.
 
However, the BAC meeting resolved that the members should be given one day time to study contents of the Bill before holding discussion.
 
"The House will discuss on The Odisha Goods and Service Tax Bill, 2017 and The Odisha Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017 tomorrow," Mr.Amat announced.
 
Earlier Mr.Behera 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 a hurry without giving adequate time for the Members to study the contents of the Bills. He sought more time to study the Bills, which has been accepted by the BAC.
 
Mr.Mishra said there are 174 clauses in The Odisha Goods and Service Tax Bill, 2017 and 23 clauses on The Odisha VAT (Amendment) Bill, 2017 besides, huge annexure attached to them.
 
Therefore, the Lawmakers should be given adequate time to study and then discuss on the subject, LoP urged.
 
"Otherwise, the people will think that a Bunch of Idiots is sitting in the Assembly. We should have given more time to go through the GST and VAT Bills," he pointed out.

Speaker Mr.Amat first adjourned the proceedings till 3 pm and during the interval convened the Business Advisory Committee meeting at 11.45 AM to fix time for the discussion on the Bills.
 
Many members of the House expressed their ignorance on the Bills and said they have not gone through the contents and ascertained whether the state will benefit after passing of the bills.
 
 


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