The State GST Bill was tabled in the opening session of the 17th Uttar Pradesh assembly today with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath describing the new tax regime as a “welfare measure”. The chief minister tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the House when it reassembled after Governor Ram Naik’s address to the joint sitting of the state legislature.This is the first assembly session after the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath came to power last month after a landslide victory in the state assembly elections. “GST is an important step not only for traders, but also for economic reforms in the country. ‘One Nation, One Tax’ is in the interest of the country and also of the state. Now the responsibility is on the Vidhan Sabha to pass the GST Bill,” Adityanath said.The session was convened especially for introduction and passage of the GST Bill with the Narendra Modi-led Central government keen on rolling out the indirect tax regime from July 1.After the House was adjourned for the day, a workshop was conducted to apprise all legislators of the salient features of the proposed legislation on GST.
After the bill is passed by the state assembly, where the BJP has a three-fourth majority, Uttar Pradesh will join the likes of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Telangana, Bihar and Rajasthan whose legislatures have given their nod to the indirect tax regime.
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