Cabinet approves Ordinance for registration under GST

Shillong Aug 13: An ordinance for mandatory registration of people whose earning is Rs 20 lakh annually under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been approved by the State Cabinet on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters after the Cabinet meeting that the Meghalaya GST Amendment Ordinance, 2019 was approved by the cabinet so that those earning Rs 20 lakh above should register under GST.

Earlier the limit for registration under GST was for those who earned Rs 10 lakh above annually.

The decision was taken in line with the decision of the GST Council.

Tynsong said that the ordinance will be effective from April 1 this year, and continue till a regular bill is tabled and passed in the state Assembly.

The cabinet also approved an ordinance for amending the Meghalaya Regulation of the Game of Arrow Shooting and the Sale of Teer Tickets Act, 2018 to reduce the distance of teer counters from educational institutes and places of worships.

“Earlier under the act, the distance of teer counter should be 300 metres from educational institutes and places of worships, but through this ordinance, the distance now is 100 metres,” Tynsong said.

The cabinet also approved the proposal to rename the state agriculture department as agriculture and farmers’ welfare department in line with the Union ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, and to extend financial powers to the secretary of Meghalaya Lokayukta.

The names of VIPs who would hoist the tri colour on Independence Day across various places of the state were also approved.

Chief minister, Conrad K. Sangma will take the salute at the state capital, Shillong, deputy chief minister at Nongstoiñ in West Khasi Hills district, deputy Speaker, Timothy D Shira at Sohra besides other ministers and MLAs.