Goods and Service Tax (GST) being the top most urgency for the central government emphasized that all measures are taken care of to convince the opposition so that GST Bill could move ahead in the second part of Budget session starting from April 25.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said , “We have almost completed discussion with majority of the parties. There are one or two issues and that also we will try to convince Opposition and we want to get it passed because GST is the need of the hour.We have been talking to Congress and we will be talking to them finally also before listing the Bill… I am optimistic.”
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On the other hand, Opposition Party Indian National Congress declared thta they are still unaware of the crucial Bill and thus resolving issues on the matter is uncertain. Regarding GST Bill, it will be passed on second phase of Budget session commencing from April 25 and continue till May 13.
Apart from GST, 13 Bills will be taken up in Lok Sabha according to the schedule. Previously the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha with few replacements in central and state taxing procedures but it got struck and pending in Rajya Sabha, where the present government does not have a majority. Still, ministers are trying hard to convince the opposition for GST Bill.
Naidu added to the conversation that, Parliament will discuss over business matters mainly financial business and will have discussions and voting related to it. Voting has been approved due to demand of Lok Sabha members as well as ministries of Rajya Sabha.
Appropriation Bills of Railways, General Budget and the Finance Bill will also be the part of discussion. If time is spared to us with due permission, then Lok Sabha will include discussion on matters regardingDoNER, HUPA, Skill Development, Social Justice, Civil Aviation and Tourism. Along with it Rajya Sabha will take up issues related toHealth and Family Welfare, HRD, Finance, MSEM and External Affairs for further discussion