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Nagaland CM introduces F&E Services & GST (6th Amendment) Bills in Assembly

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KOHIMA, MARCH 23: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today introduced two Government bills – The Nagaland Fire & Emergency Services Bill, 2021 and Nagaland Goods and Services Tax (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2022 in the Assembly.
Introducing the Fire & Emergency Services Bill, Rio said that the objective of the proposed Nagaland Fire & Emergency Service Bill, 2021 is to regulate, control, operate, manage and activate the fire & life safety measures in the State.
“At present, with the growth of developmental activities and rapid urbanization, the State has seen a tremendous growth in infrastructural development in the urban areas. However, in the absence of regulations to monitor life savings and fire safety measures in high rise buildings and institutions both Government and private, the State has, in recent years and lately, noticed major fire incidents and other hazards where cases of loss of human lives along with properties have been reported”, he said.
In order to minimize these incidents and hazards and safeguard the common citizens of the State, it is felt expedient to introduce the Nagaland Fire & Emergency Services Bill, 2021 to reduce and augment the safety of all private as well as Government, institutional buildings in order to mitigate the disasters in the State, he said.
On financial implication, Rio said that the proposed introduction of the Nagaland Fire & Emergency Services Bill, 2021 shall be administered by the existing administrative set-up of the Home Department and will not entail any financial implication for the implementation of the Bill.
Introducing the Nagaland GST (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2022, the Chief Minister said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been implemented with effect from July 1, 2017.
The GST consists of the Central Goods and Services Tax and the State Goods and Services Tax. The Central Government has amended the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 through Finance Act No. 6 of 2022. The State Governments have to affect corresponding amendments in the respective State Goods and Services Tax Act.
“As the Legislative Assembly was not in session and the matter was urgent, the Governor of Nagaland, in exercise of powers conferred under Clause (1) of Article 213 of the Constitution of India, promulgated the Nagaland Goods and Services Tax (Sixth Amendment) Ordinance, 2022 on November 11, 2022, which was notified in the Nagaland Gazette Extraordinary. The Nagaland Goods and Services Tax (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2022 will make the Nagaland Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 more comprehensive”, Rio stated.
The proposed Bill seeks to give effect to the above objects.
On Financial implication, Rio stated the introduction of the Nagaland GST (Sixth Amendment) Bill will not entail expenditure on the Consolidated Fund of the State as it can be implemented by the existing administrative set-up.
Subsequently, NLA speaker Sharingain Longkumer informed that the consideration and passing of the bill would be taken up on March 27 while amendments can be submitted till 12 Noon tomorrow.
(Page News Service)