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GST Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today

The Government will today bring the much-awaited bill on Goods and Services Tax, GST for passage in the Rajya Sabha. The Revised List of Business of Rajya Sabha said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will move the Constitution Amendment Bill, incorporating recommendations made by a House Select Committee.

It said, Mr Jaitley will also move that the Bill be passed. The GST, that seeks to replace all indirect taxes, with a uniform levy has already been approved by the Lok Sabha and was in last session referred to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The panel has given its report endorsing majority of the provisions, while suggesting changes in compensation to states and definition of supply for the purpose of states levying additional one per cent tax.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy has assailed Congress for opposing the Bill, which he said was its own brain child. Speaking on a programme on a Private TV channel, Mr Rudy said the GST is not being deliberated in Parliament because the Congress does not want it to happen. The current monsoon session of Parliament ends on Thursday. The GST Constitution Amendment Bill is waiting nod of Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA does not have a majority.

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