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‘Widespread demand for early introduction of GST Bill’

Government has expressed hope that the Bill will be passed in this session and has allotted five hours for discussion over it

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Publish Date: Jul 24 2016 1:14PM | Updated Date: Jul 24 2016 1:14PM

‘Widespread demand for early introduction of GST Bill’

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The government has said that there is widespread demand" for early introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in Rajya Sabha.

 
However, the bill has not been listed in the agenda of second week of the ongoing monsoon session beginning from Monday.
 
Government has expressed hope that the Bill will be passed in this session and has allotted five hours for discussion over it.
 
"There is a widespread demand for early introduction of GST from almost all the political parties, state governments, trade and industrial bodies and even general public," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said in a statement.
 
He added that the government is in talks with various political parties to ensure passage of the GST Bill during the current Monsoon Session. 
 
"The Business Advisory Committee has already allocated five hours for discussing this Bills in Rajya Sabha which is an important development. The government on its part would do the best possible to make this long pending legislation see the light of the day during this session," he added.
 
The minister also appealed to all parties to "sense the mood of the nation" and "cooperate in this regard".
 
Keen on passing the T bill, the government has been holding meetings with Opposition leaders.
 
The government, on Saturday came up with the agenda of second week of the sesssion but there was no mention of GST Bill.
 
Bills, which are on next week’s agenda for consideration and passing in the Upper House of the Parliament  include, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill.
 
Apart from these, the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015, the Indian Medical Council Bill, 2016, the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Bill, 2016 are also on the agenda.
 
All these Bills have got the nod of Lok Sabha.