Thursday, March 9, 2017

PM Modi calls for constructive debate
Mar 9,  1:44 PM

The second part of the budget session of Parliament began today after a month-long recess which will continue till the 12th of next month. During the session, from the passage of the Finance Bill, 2017, the government is keen to pass the much-awaited legislations related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped for a breakthrough regarding the implementation of the GST. Talking to media outside Parliament before the beginning of second part of Budget session, Mr Modi said positive response have been received from the States in this regard.

Seeking cooperation of opposition during the session, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that discussion will take place in a democratic manner and the level of the debate will be good.

The first part of the session, which started on 31st of January, concluded on the 9th of last month following the presentation of the Union Budget and passage of motion of thanks to President's address to the joint sitting of both the Houses.

The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017, was also passed by Parliament to eliminate the possibility of running a parallel economy using the old demonetised notes of 500 and 1,000 rupees. Opposition will try to corner the Government on various issues, however, most of the opposition coordination against the government is likely to be play out after the assembly election results when the strength of both sides on the ground will be clear.

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