VIJAYAWADA: The AP Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed the State Goods Service Tax (SGST), a part of the GST Bill, on Tuesday even as the opposition YSR Congress MLAs worked up a din in the House to press for a debate on the plight of chilli farmers.
It was a special session of the Assembly called to pass the legislation, but as soon as it commenced YSRC MLAs stormed into the Well of the House demanding a debate on the collapse of market prices of chilli, due to which growers in the state are in distress.
Over the din, speaker K Siva Prasada Rao allowed finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu
to introduce the SGST Bill. But some YSRC MLAs trooped to the speaker's podium holding up placards and surrounded him.
Amidst slogans against the government, particularly chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, the finance minister moved the Bill. It was eventually passed amidst a din kept up by YSRC members.
After the GST Bill, the Assembly also passed another Bill amending the AP Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structure to allow creation of a Group One post to badminton player P V Sindhu who won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics.
The speaker adjourned the House sine die thereafter.