Congress to move amendments to GST bills on Wednesday

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New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The Congress party will move amendments to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bills on Wednesday, as it has concerns about some clauses in the bills and the manner of tabling those in Parliament, said a party leader on Tuesday.

He voiced the concerns after a strategy meeting of the Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha. The meeting was chaired by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who is said to have encouraged the MPs to play the role of a “constructive opposition”.

Party sources said that Gandhi also told the members that the party should not be seen as a party against the GST.

Some senior Congress MPs also felt that the party should not be seen as one that is opposed to the proposed tax regime.

The meeting also discussed issues like farmers’ loan waiver, farmers’ distress, freedom of expression in universities and the issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of banks.

“It was a routine meeting of MPs. Tomorrow (Wednesday), the GST bill is coming up for discussion, but the party has reservations to the manner it was brought in the Parliament and also to a few clauses in the bill.

“In general, we are supporting the bill. We will put our views across tomorrow and move necessary amendments,” said one of the Congress MPs.

This was Gandhi’s first meeting with the party MPs after the Uttar Pradesh elections. After the results, he had gone abroad to bring back his mother Sonia Gandhi, who had gone there for medical treatment.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday introduced the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Bill, 2017, along with three other GST bills in the Lok Sabha.

The CGST Bill will enable levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods and services or both by the central government.

Jaitley also tabled the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, which provides for the levy and collection of tax on inter-state supply.

The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) provides for compensation to the states for the loss of revenue arising on account of implementation of the GST.

The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, will enable levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods and services or both by the union territories.

–IANS

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