GST not hamper financial autonomy of local self government bodies: Maharastra Govt

Vastavam web: Maharashtra government said it would ensure that the goods and services tax (GST) does not hamper financial autonomy of local self government bodies, as the special three-day session of the state Legislature began here today.”The government has accepted the responsibility of compensation to local bodies for five years, for the loss of revenue due to abolition of octroi and local body tax due to GST,” Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told the state Assembly during a discussion on GST bills.Around 5,100 staffers in finance department have been trained for work related to GST implementation, Mungantiwar said, adding another 6,000 will be trained later.
It also passed the ‘Bill to amend the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, the Maharashtra entertainment duty Act, the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, the Maharashtra motor vehicles tax Act, Village Panchayats Act, municipal councils, nagar panchayats and industrial townships Act, state tax on Professions, trades, callings and employments Act and the Maharashtra Value Added Tax Act’.The House, which was adjourned today after passage of the two bills, will take up tomorrow the ‘Bill to make provisions for levy and collection of tax on intra state supply of goods or, services or, both in Maharashtra’.Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe- Patil, while participating in the debate, said the government should also pay attention to the issue of loan waiver for farmers.
NCP MLA and former Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said it is the “failure” of the government that Marathi translation of Bill Number 35, one of the three GST bills to be tabled today, was not available, even when the House proceedings began.There has been a dereliction of duty on part of the government for failing to make available Marathi translation of bill 35, former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said.”We did not get adequate time to read the bill before discussing it in the House,” Chavan said.Chief minister Fadnavis said the opposition is indulging in delaying tactics by insisting on bill 35 copy despite the bill not being called for discussion.