August 14, 2015 5:52:55 pm
Holding the Congress and the Left Parties primarily responsibly for stalling the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Parliament, Union Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Friday said there was little likelihood that the GST will be rolled out from April 2016.
The minister said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be launching a country-wide campaign to inform the voters how the Congress and it’s allies were stalling the progress of the country. “The GST would have ensured progress of trade, creation of employment, eradication of corruption and more income for the states. But all these promises will not reach the people due to Congress and Left Parties. Due to the hurdles created by them, we are not able to work as fast we planned to. This will cause delays in meeting the aspirations of the people. We want to share this agony with the people of the country,” Goyal said while addressing mediapersons here.
Talking about the stormy monsoon session of the Parliament which was almost washed out, Goyal said, “There main intention in stalling the proceedings in the Parliament was to stop the passage of the GST Bill.” He said that several other bills including discussion on the floods that ravaged several parts of the country recently could not take place.
“I now feel that there is little possibility that GST will be rolled out on April 2016… But we are working on alternate ways to ensure that the advantages of GST reaches the masses and we are also trying to make the Congress party understand to change their present stance and support us as it was originally their own Bill,” said Goyal adding that the government will ensure that the growth of the economy is not stalled.
When asked what “alternate ways” the government plans to take to get the Bill passed in the Parliament, “The Finance Minister will think about it. But we are optimistic that the Congress will understand the futility on their efforts to stop progress and development.”
The minister also pointed out that it was the Congress who had started discussion on the GST Bill in 2006 and introduced it in the Parliament in 2011. “In 2013 the standing committee headed by Yashwant Sinha had given some recommendations. We are just completing that,” he said.
When asked if the NDA government had plans to deal with the on-going agitation of the Patidar community in Gujarat, Goyal said, “The reservation issue in Gujarat is a local issue. A seven-member committee has already been formed to look in to the issue.”
In another function organised on the topic of “Make in India” at the CII House here, Arvind Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Industires and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat said, “In the GST regime, we feel that Gujarat’s share of revenue will fall considerably, because, the tax will move from the production to the consumer base.”
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