Himachal Assembly passed three bills without any discussion 

Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed three bills including the HP Municipal Services (Amendment) bill, HP Taxation (Amendment) bill, and HP GST (amendment ) bill 2023 without any discussion unanimously in the house; these bills were tabled in the house yesterday.

Chief Minister who holds the portfolio of finance presented the Himachal Pradesh Taxation  Amendment (on Certain Goods Carried by Road)  bill 2023  in the state assembly before the launch break. The bill proposed amendment in  1999 parent act was enacted to provide for the levy of a tax on certain goods carried by road in the State to validate certain taxes imposed on goods carried by road and for certain other matters connected therewith. The act would render a loss tune of Rs 2.35 Cr to the state exchequer since tax on certain goods is being levied at different rates for a distance (up to 250 kilometers or beyond ).  The amendment was brought to simplify the taxation procedure for the stakeholders. The distance clause is being omitted in the bill so that the tax may be levied on uniform rates without taking into account the distance covered.  

The Himachal Pradesh Government today tabled in the state assembly to amend the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Services Act, 1994 to bring the posts of Municipal Corporation Shimla, Dharmshala, Solan, and Palampur into the state-level services.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu who holds the portfolio of Urban Development presented the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Services amendment Bill 2023 to replace the ordinance HP MS (Amendment) Ordinance, 2023  promulgated by the Governor on August 17, 2023

The bill aims for posts and recruitment of  Municipal Corporations in the State that are not included in the State level services to be brought under the amid of state-level services on the line of Municipal Councils and the Nagar Panchayats. All the services of Municipal Corporations would  be treated as State Cadre.  The amendment would have provided the staff and recruitment process of employees in the four new Municipal Corporations including Shimla, Dharamshala, Solan, Mandi, and Palampur.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also presented the HP GST amendment Act 2023 to amend the taxation on the goods carried by the roads to omit the provision to levy tax on account of distance covered. The amendment was required in the HPGST Act 2017  to levy the taxation on betting, casinos, gambling, horse racing, lottery, and online gaming. The state adopted this legislation in conformity with the Central Government which has already carried out amendments in the Central Goods and Services Tax Act. 2017. The amendment would bring uniformity in the tax threshold across the Country, it is mandatory for all the State Governments to carry out corresponding amendments in the State Act. 

All the bills were passed by voice-vote without any discussion in the House.

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