Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu meets Cong chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss the legislation
GN Staff | January 7, 2016
The all important GST bill (goods and services tax bill) may get passed soon with the government agreeing to the conditions set by the Congress party to support the landmark tax reforms legislation.
Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu today met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and sought cooperation for the early passage of the crucial GST bill and the Real Estate bill. Naidu conveyed that the government was ready for an early budget session if the parties agree.
Naidu drove down to the residence of Sonia Gandhi at 10, Janpath here early today and held discussions with her for about 20 minutes during which the Congress president is learnt to have asked him about the government's view on the three main suggestions given by the Congress on GST.
“Sonia said they (Congress) will discuss among themselves and take a final decision,” Naidu said. The Congress press team was not immediately available for comment.
The Congress party, the original author of the tax reform, has opposed what it calls the “flawed” version now before Parliament, where it has been able to block a key constitutional enabling amendment in the upper house. It wants the government to cap the GST rate at less than 20%, scrap a proposed state levy and create an independent mechanism to resolve disputes on revenue sharing between states.
Regarding the Real Estate bill, Naidu told Gandhi that as decided by Congress and other parties, the Bill was referred to a select committee of Rajya Sabha and the government had accepted almost all recommendations of the committee.
Even as the railways minister Piyush Goyal lays thrust on the 100 percent electrification of entire rail network by 2022, the task cut out for the railways seems to be a strenuous one as it comes with multifarious challenges. Indian Railways has said that it would electrify 38,000 route kilo
Prime minister Modi and president Putin’s meeting at the 19th Indo-Russian summit in New Delhi on October 5 has set a new pace for a ‘special and privileged strategic partnership’ between the two nations. This has come in the aftermath of the Modi-Putin informal meeting at Sochi on May
When the supreme court ruled that women of menstruating age cannot be prevented from going to the Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala, political parties in Kerala hailed it as a historic victory for gender equality. But now the streets of Kerala are full of men and women protesting against the court order and b
For the past fortnight, Gujarat has witnessed an exodus of migrants from Hindi-speaking states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The migrants, mostly of the labouring classes, have been attacked by locals after a 14-month old girl was raped, allegedly by a Bihari whom the police have arrested. The rape survivo
Goa Shipyard Limited, CMD, Rear Admiral (retired) Shekhar Mital said that GSL’s revenue has moved up by 32 per cent from Rs 1,102 crore in 2017 FY to Rs 1,452 crore in 2018 FY, while operating profit has moved up fro
BHEL has clinched four orders worth Rs 2,900 crore for emission control equipment from NTPC. BHEL has been a major player in this area for more than a decade and was one of the earliest entrants in the Indian market for emission control equipment, having successfully exec