Govt circulates amendments to GST to RS members

New Delhi: Ahead of the long-delayed GST Bill being taken up by Rajya Sabha, the government has circulated to MPs the amendments it has proposed in the Constitution Amendment Bill to enable implementation of the tax.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told Rajya Sabha the amendments to the Bill, pending in the Upper House for last one year, were given to the Secretariat of the House two days ago and have been circulated to the members.

He was responding to concerns raised by some members including Naresh Agarwal of SP who said they have not received copies of the bill or the amendment.

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, that would lay the ground for roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, subsuming all indirect taxes including central excise duty and state VAT/sales tax, is listed for consideration and passing in the Upper House tomorrow.

The legislation was approved by the Lok Sabha in May last year and introduced in Rajya Sabha in August last year where it has been pending because of opposition from the Congress party over certain provisions.

The Cabinet, Agarwal said, had approved amendments to the Bill and the same should be given to members for them to go through before the debate tomorrow.