GST: PM Modi hopes for breakthrough

As the Budget session of Parliament resumed Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped there will be a breakthrough on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and that issues will be discussed in a democratic manner.

“We hope that there will be a breakthrough on the GST because all states have positively cooperated. All political parties have also extended cooperation in a positive way,” he told reporters outside Parliament.

The second leg of the Budget session resumed Thursday after about a month-long recess. “We are meeting after a break and the budget proposals will be discussed in details,” he said.

Hoping for a healthy debate in the House, the Prime Minister said, “I believe that the level of discussion will go to a higher level. Attention will be drawn towards the issues related to the poor people.”

“We are moving ahead with the consent of all through a democratic process,” he said, hoping that GST process will be completed before the session concludes next month.

GST, billed as the biggest-ever tax reform in the country, is expected to add at least one percentage points to its GDP growth.


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