GST will take away our fiscal autonomy, dilute Special status of JK: KEA

Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) acting chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar Tuesday expressed serious concerns about GST by saying it is a direct attack on fiscal autonomy of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressed media Dar said: “GST will take away our fiscal autonomy and will dilute the Special status of JK,” adding, “PDP-BJP government is implementing agenda of the RSS  as they are hell bent to do away with Article 370 which gives JK special status in the country.

“The wound inflicted on the state’s autonomy through extension of GST is still fresh as another new machination has been launched to question the validity of Article 35A now,” he said

Police also detained KEA co-chairperson Farooq Ahmed Dar and others members of the business community after they tried to march towards Civil Secretariat to protest against proposed abrogation of special status, civilian killings and the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Holding placards and shouting anti-GST slogans, the businessmen and traders assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave to lodge their protest.