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New Delhi: The Jharkhanad Assembly on Friday passed the Jharkhand Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, despite facing rejections by the main opposition party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) raised the issue of amendments in the Tenancy Acts and appealed to the Speaker to ensure that the issue was discussed in the House.
* JMM Acting chief Hemant Sorwen, in his brief statement on GST in the House, said the state would pave way for giving away all its rights to the Centre. "Tribals don't have money to pay taxes. They have land. But the opposed amendments to Chotangpur and Santhal Paragna Tenancy Acts would leave them with nothing. When they would cease to exist, what would one do with taxation," said Soren, Leader of Opposition in the House.
* Certain aspects of the GST structure would take concentrate shape as the Centre and state move closer to its rollout, said ministers suppoting the move.The Bill was passed within 30 minutes.
* Concerns over loss of revenue as Jharkhand is a 'producer' state would be resolved, they said.
* Only Last month, during Littipa Assembly by-elections the entire opposition and even the BJP ally, the All Jharkhand Students Union (ANSU), have opposed the amendments.
* The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state government have now become the third state after Telangana and Bihar to confirm the bill, clearing the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state on July 1.
* Chief Minister Das said Jharkhand would be in a position to fill any gaps in five years' time even though' there may be an apparent drop in revenue because the state is a "producer". "It is going to give rise to transparent business and will end inspector-raj."
* The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) also threatened to disrupt Assembly proceedings over Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das' comments against party chief Shibu Sorn but decided against it.
* Urban development Minister CP Singh, who has been representing the state in various meetings of the GST Council, later told mediapersons that the passage of the Bill would pave way for transparency and an easier tax regime for traders across the country.
* Concern over loss of revenue would also be resolved, as Jharkhand is a 'producer' state, said minister. "We produce iron, coal and other minerals.. We will lose out on this. But it has been decided by the Center that the loss would be compensated for over the next excise duty," said Singh.