Govt mulls two-day Parliament session to get GST Bill passed

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The government is sounding out political parties over scheduling a two-day session of Parliament in September ahead of the Bihar elections to pass the Goods and Services Tax Bill, seen to be a crucial piece of tax reform linked to the Modi government's effort to improve ease of business and boost revenues.

Indicating the thinking in government, finance minister Arun Jaitley told the media that the Cabinet committee on political affairs on Thursday chose not to prorogue Parliament, keeping the door open for both Houses to meet at short notice before the winter session begins in November.

The Cabinet panel discussed the options before the government and it was felt that a session could be convened if there was sufficient support from non-Congress parties in Rajya Sabha where the NDA does not have a majority and needs the backing of two-thirds of members present and voting as GST is a constitutional amendment.

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Source/Author: Times of India

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