The state Assembly on Tuesday passed the West Bengal Goods and Services Tax (WBGST) Bill, 2017, even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Trinamool’s ideological stance on GST would not change. The state government had issued an ordinance in June, to facilitate treasury operations from July 1 — when the new tax regime was implemented across the country.
Criticising the Centre for implementing the tax system without proper infrastructure, Mamata said the state was forced to bring the ordinance on GST, as otherwise the state would not have been able to conduct treasury operations.
“We were forced to bring the ordinance for implementing GST in the state. Had we not done so, treasury transactions would not have been possible. Common people are facing problems, and since we value democracy, the party will stand behind the masses,” she said in the Assembly.
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