Bhubaneswar: To ratify the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) the state government on Tuesday decided to convene a special session of the assembly on September 1. The much-awaited legislation was passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3 with certain changes and later the Lower House passed it again on August 8 unanimously.
“Since its a constitutional amendment bill, it needs to be ratified by half the state legislatures – 16 states within 30 days from day of its passing in the Parliament,” chief secretary A P Padhi told media persons after the cabinet meeting that approved the proposal to convene the special session.
The one-day session is only scheduled to discuss different aspects of the GST legislation and how it is going to benefit the state.
The BJD supported the bill in both houses of Parliament. The state government has also supported the Centre’s stand that the GST council should decide the rate of tax under the GST. Odisha’s demand to allow it to levy additional cess (green cess) on mining lessees and tobacco products was, however, set aside during the debate in Parliament.