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Goods and Services Tax bill likely to be passed this monsoon session: Venkaiah Naidu

The Long Pending Goods And Services Tax (GST) Bill Will Be Taken Up In The Upcoming Monsoon Session Of Parliament, Said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Today. The GST Bill Is Likely To Be Passed In This Session Stated The Minister.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nivedita R | Updated on: 29 Jun 2016, 05:40:53 PM
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi:

The long pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill will be taken up in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today. The GST bill is likely to be passed in this session stated the minister.

“We have a wider support and we have enough numbers for GST but we would like to have all parties on board because it will have an effect on states,” said Naidu. 

He said that the government wants to get the bill passed by consensus and is making efforts in that direction but asserted that even if consensus is not there, “we must get it approved in this session”. Besides, he said that voting on the bill will be the last option, suggesting that the government would like to avoid any trial of strength on this issue and will strive to take all parties along.

However, since it is a Constitutional Amendment Bill, voting will have to take place. Replying to questions on whether Government will step up efforts to bring Congress on board, which has been opposing the bill on some conditions, Naidu said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is ready to hold further discussions with all parties including Congress.

Naidu also referred to the recent interview of the Prime Minister in which he sought the cooperation of Opposition parties for passing GST. After a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh that recommended the schedule for the session, Naidu said that the session could also be extended or curtailed by two-three days depending on requirement.

The session will commence from 18 July and will have 20 working days for now.
 Rajnath Singh, who chaired the meet, pushed for early passage of Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment)Bill while Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said there was a need for an early passage of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill. Both are pending in Parliament.

Naidu said besides GST, the government will push for passage of three bills replacing ordinances on Combined Entrance Exam for medical and dental colleges as well as the one seeking amendments to the Enemy Property Act.

Moreover, he said while 56 bills are pending --11 in Lok Sabha and 45 in Rajya Sabha, he has also asked ministries to come up with at least 25 new bills. The ministries will have to give notice for bringing the new bills by July 3.

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First Published : 29 Jun 2016, 03:06:00 PM