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rs bids farewell to 53 MPs, budget session ends: Retiring MPs will regret not passing GST, says PM

He said that the states stood to benefit the most from the bills.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2016 1:54 am
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As the House bid farewell to 53 Rajya Sabha members on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lamented that two legislation of immense benefit to the states was not passed by the Upper House in the current session.

Speaking in the House on the last day of the second part of the budget session, Modi said the retiring members would have felt much more satisfied if these two legislation — relating to Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) — had been passed by the Rajya Sabha during their tenure.

“You (Rajya Sabha MPs) represent the states, and the interest of your states is, and always should be, your prime concern. Now that you are retiring, perhaps you would always have this regret that if these two decisions had been taken during your tenure, then the states that you represent would have been very proud of you,” the PM said.

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“One of these was the GST… which, barring one or two states, would have benefited every state immensely. The second important legislation was CAMPA… which would have brought Rs 42,000 crore to the states. Almost every state would have got Rs 2,000-3,000 crore. This is not a small amount,” he said.

“The monsoon season will go, we will have to wait for another 4-6 months, but these two decisions will have to be taken. This will benefit the state governments directly,” the PM said.

Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Congress’s Anand Sharma, pointed out that the GST had been pending since the UPA government was in power, when the BJP was in opposition.

“National interest has to be served by the government as well as the Opposition. There has been bitterness in our political discourse… it needs to be overcome urgently,” Sharma said.

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    George Cruz
    May 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Are the corrupt communists, congress party pseudo secular s, the corrupt TMC, the core to corrupt BSP, etc are blocking the nation's progress by blocking every developmental proposal made by the BJP for their self interests ???? A definite YES. The SC/ST/Dalits have to realize that their quotas/freebies can't be met unless the government earns money because the money doesn't grow on trees. The corrupt congress party has ruined the economy with their socialistic/communistic policies for the last 65 years and yet supported by the same people who are now demonizing the BJP which is trying to improve the economy/jobs to pay for the freebies. The facts are that the corrupt dynastic congress party leaders like Sonia hi/Rahul hi have ruled the country for decades without providing any help to the poor people of India other than looting the wealth of the country.
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      Ramakrishnan Iyer
      May 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm
      Let us accept the argument that opposition and especially Congress is stalling GST. There are questions to be answered. Did the BJP rules states oppose it when UPA was in power for the sake of opposing. Next GST ping will bring some reformation in tax regime. But is it that the ruling party does not want it now just for the sake of having an issue to poke at opposition? We cannot take any party on their face value. BJP is marketing well much better than UPA. Kudos.
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        manoj sharma
        May 14, 2016 at 11:19 am
        i feel the consution should be amended. like US there should be a veto power to PM , to p or execute cetain policies or bill.
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          nitin Mathur
          May 13, 2016 at 9:09 am
          Blaming the opposition to cover its shortcomings is the new mantraa being following by the present government. Even BJP and its supporting corp-orates do not know what is the BJP stand on capping of GST rates, 1% addl. tax and mentioning rates in Amendment. So this covenient blaming on Rajya Sabha is not required. Govt. has failed to steer GST council headed by Mr Mitra to meet after Nov 2015 last year. There is lot of activity pending on state list and ociated software integration for GSTN to work. The work for networking ( after last yr tender)DC , DR and remote sites is pending with Infosys. Let all media persons examine carefully how speech delivery and angry rhetoric is helping in shifting the media attention.
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            sandeep sharma
            May 13, 2016 at 11:06 am
            The three demands of congress in respect of GST were ruse to somehow stall the bill. It is unheard (and impracticable) that rate of tax are mentioned in Consution, when a Council representing States and Union is in place to decide the rates. GST was ready to roll out but for blocking by congress.
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