One-tion one-tax regime has no room for check-gates, says Bordoloi
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 29: Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi has dared Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal to dismantle all check-gates in the GST regime from July 1 and make the one-tion one-tax system meaningful in true sense of the term. “If he can, I’ll honour him with a gamosa,” he said.
Addressing the press at Rajiv Bhawan in the city today, APCC’s media cell chairman Bordoloi said: “With the implementation of the one-tion one-tax system under the GST from July 1 this year, there can’t be check-gates in the State. There’re check-gates being run by the State Transport department and the Department of Taxation, apart from some being run by the Agricultural Marketing Board at Srirampur, Baxirhat and Digharkhal and other places in the State. It’s time for the Chief Minister to act to show his grits by dismantling the check-gates. If he can, I’ll honour him with a gamosa. This is something he has to do to translate his government’s much talked-about slogan ‘zero tolerance to corruption’ into a reality.”
On the would-be impact of the GST regime in Assam and other States in the Northeast, Bordoloi said: “The small business houses in Assam and other States in the region will be the worst-affected ones. While business houses in rest of India will have to get themselves registered under the GST if their annual business involves over Rs 20 lakh, those in Assam and other States in the State will have to be enrolled under the GST regime if their business is Rs 10 lakh. They talk of one-tion one-tax in one hand, and use different yardsticks for the rest of India and the Northeast, on the other. This discrimition at a time when the BJP-led government at the Centre claims to be more sympathetic for the Northeast baffles everybody. Since the Centre is vocal for the wellbeing of the Northeast, it should withdraw this discrimitory business limit for traders of the Northeast. Some small business houses and industries in the region will have to face untural deaths under the GST. Since the Centre talks much on the Northeast, it should withdraw this discrimition against the businessmen of Assam and the region. It has come to light that the Centre wants to use Assam and the entire Northeast as a consumer region.”