The state cabinet on Monday decided to convene a special one-day session of both Houses of the legislature on August 29 to pass the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.
State finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said he is optimistic about the passage of the bill.
“The Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena have endorsed the legislation at the Centre,“ he said.
The Shiv Sena, which was worried about possible revenue loss to municipal corporations or delay in getting dues from the Centre, dropped its protests after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis allayed his alliance partner’s fears.
The GST Bill has already been passed by Parliament.The state government has now started chalking out a plan to restructure the sales tax department to make sure that the goods and services tax can be implemented without any hassles.
“The GST rate will be in the range of 18% to 22%,“ said a senior official.
amar ujala newspaper 23/08/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/