Essay

Rape of Article 370

Print edition : August 18, 2017

On the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after roads were temporarily closed owing to landslides in Jammu on July 17. Under the new tax regime, New Delhi will be empowered to collect the sales tax though the GST, the right for which was withing the domain of the State government. Photo: PTI

State Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu addressing the Special Session of the Legislative Assembly held to pass the Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax Bill, in Srinagar on July 7. Photo: PTI

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with Drabu during during the Special Session of the Assembly, in Srinagar on July 5. Photo: PTI

Members of the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation protesting against the Goods and Services Tax at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on June 17. Photo: S. Irfan/PTI

Opposition Congress MLAs staging a walkout from the Assembly in protest against the implementation of the GST Bill, on July 7. Photo: Umar Ganie /PTI

To empower New Delhi with collection of taxes on goods and services “with the concurrence of the Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir” is to surrender the exclusive powers enjoyed by the State to the Centre.
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