7 States Yet to Pass Legislations for GST Implementation

SGST Bill Not Passed by 7 States

GST rollout is scheduled for July 1 which means less than four weeks are left when it is implemented, yet seven states namely, Meghalaya, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir and West Bengal have yet to pass the SGST law. Apart from Jammu & Kashmir, where BJP is part of an alliance with Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); all other states are non-BJP states.

West Bengal wants the Centre to delay GST rollout by a month since the state claims that the requisite IT infrastructure needed to manage and file GST returns and invoices is not in place.

According to an amendment in GST Constitution Amendment Bill, all states have to clear SGST Bills by September 15, 2017 failing which the state will lose its taxation powers.