PANAJI: The Goa Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2023, has been passed by the Goa legislative assembly that permits the state to build a tribunal to settle the issues of GST.
A three-member tribunal would be formed, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant elaborated, and that all the bill’s provisions would be “people-friendly and not unfavourable”.
Opposition leader Yuri Alemao had urged that the bill be referred to a select committee since it contains several suggestions, but Sawant rejected it, claiming that since the law is a Central Act, there is no need for it.
The House passed the Goa (Recovery of Arrears of Tax, Interest, Penalty, Other Dues through Settlement) Bill, 2023, for a one-time settlement scheme to resolve legacy tax issues in the state up to June 30, 2017, under the Central Sales Tax Act, Goa Sales Tax Act, Goa Tax on Luxuries Act, Goa Entertainment Tax Act, and Goa Tax On Entry of Goods Act.
The Government approved the bill in spite of opposition requests to submit it to a select committee. The Goa Staff Selection Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, is been also passed via assembly to permit government departments to finish the recruitments to group C posts by 31st Oct.
The Societies Registration (Goa Amendment) Bill, 2023 was another bill passed so as to appoint an administrator for the case when there would be mismanagement in the society affairs.
According to law minister Nilesh Cabral, the administrator would be in place until the election is being held, after which the elected society will take over management of the society. The opposition urged that the Union government’s approval be obtained before this bill could be forwarded to a select committee. Cabral stated that when the Goa House has approved the legislation, it would be forwarded to the President for approval.
The Goa Regularisation of Unauthorised Construction (Third Amendment) Bill, 2023, was also approved by the House, giving people a new 90-day deadline in which to submit requests for the regularisation of unauthorized projects.