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Assam becomes first state to pass GST bill in state

Topping the list the of states implementing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill, Assam state assembly becomes first to unanimously pass the bill on Friday.

Even though there was opposition by Congress and AIUDF MLAs, they were demanding to hold discussion in the Assembly to evaluate GST’s impact on Assam and people. The speaker denied the request and announced the passing of bill.

Speaker Ranjeet Kumar Das said I declare the Bill, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament, to be ratified unanimously by Assam Assembly.

Following it, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal tweeted that “A historic resolution was passed in Assam Assembly as Assam became the 1st State to ratify the Constitutional Amendment Bill relating to GST. I am sure Assam will benefit from the GST through higher economic growth & better revenue collection.”

Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who introduced it in the House said CM wanted Assam to become the first state to pass the amendment as this would send a positive signal to the industry.

After Brazil and Canada, India has become third country in the world to collect GST by both centre and state through a new body GST Council (GSTC).

The Lok Sabha had unanimously cleared amendments made to Bill by Rajya Sabha on August 8.