GST Bill: Cabinet approves Amendments


NEW DELHI: India moved a major step quicker to the most inclusive reform of its indirect tax structure. On Wednesday the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the constitutional amendment Bill, required to make the goods & services tax actuality. Sources conveyed that, the legislation will be taken up in Rajya Sabha, almost certainly subsequent week. The Cabinet also cleared an augment in FDI limit for lone entities in bourses to 15 per cent from 5 per cent. Moving quickly subsequent to thrashing out details with the states on Tuesday, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved changes to the Bill to reflect the consensus. The GST Bill has been stuck in the Upper House due to Opposition resistance.  Subsequent to a vital meeting with states on the goods and services tax, the Modi administration moved quickly to incorporate the deliberations in the Constitution amendment bill, while addressing one of three demands lift by Congress. But as accommodating Congress by doing away with the plan for a 1% additional, the administration held firm on two other matters by not capping rates in the planned legislation and departuring dispute resolution to the GST council.

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The result seem intended to send a strong message that the Centre will try to push the bill in the present session of Parliament. On Thursday the administration is probable to hold formal talks with Congress on GST amendments, amid suggestion that informal parleys have been on the right track. Once the matters are settled with the principal opposition party, the administration is expecting alteration, to call an all-party assembly for an across-the-spectrum consultation on the vexed in-direct reforms legislation. On Wednesday Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is meeting party leaders individually, hosted West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for lunch at his residence. Last week Jaitley met Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who backed the Centre's formulation on keeping the tax rate outside the legislation. On Wednesday, the Cabinet conventional the proposal to decrease the additional levy of 1% by manufacturing states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu as a com-pensation for possible reve-nue loss. This was one of three Congress demands.

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