Goa on Wednesday became the 15th state to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitution Amendment Bill, paving the way for the legislation to be notified by the President to the GST Council.
The resolution ratifying the GST was passed during a day-long session of the assembly convened today. Although all the members of the House voted in the favour of the resolution, Opposition MLAs cautioned the state government over implication of the new tax regime in Goa.
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar ruled out any adverse impact on the new tax regime and said it would instead help sectors like service and tourism, bringing in more revenue to the state.
He said the Centre has already assured to compensate for five years, if there is any loss in revenue during implementation of GST.
Parsekar termed the GST Bill as “historical, revolutionary and far sighted”.
“Many thought that NDA with no majority in the Rajya Sabha would not be able to pass the Bill in the Upper House. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed to overcome this barrier,” he said.
The Chief Minister also thanked all the Opposition parties for helping to pass the GST bill in Parliament and also in the (different) state assemblies.
“At least 50 per cent of the states need to ratify this Bill in their Houses. Out of 29 states, Goa became the 15th state to do it, making it a historical occasion,” Parsekar said.
He claimed that the GST implementation will help the economic growth of the state. Speaking in detail, Parsekar said Goa is a service driven state but was not benefiting from the (service) tax.
“There are many manufacturing industries in the state. But their corporate offices are in other states due to which those states were benefiting. The GST has provisioned that at least 50 per cent of the service tax from the industries should come to Goa,” the chief minister said.
Parsekar calculated that at least Rs 1,000 crore would be annually added to the state exchequer in form of Service Tax.
He pointed out that the taxation on petroleum products, alcohol and brewery, royalty on minerals, vehicle tax and stamp duty will remain in the mandate of state government as it is kept out of GST.