SELECT COMMITTEE ON GST BILL – AN UPDATE
During a debate in the Lok Sabha, the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley earlier rejected opposition demand for sending the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill to Standing Committee on grounds that the move would unduly delay the GST rollout scheduled on April 1, 2016.
The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 (GST Bill) was passed by Lok Sabha on May 06, 2015. As compared to lok sabha where BJP has absolute majority The situation is just the opposite in the Rajya Sabha where the Modi Government is woefully short of numbers. Rajya Sabha referred the Bill to Select Committee on May 14, 2015. The Select Committee is scheduled to submit its report in the first week of the monsoon session of Parliament so that the Government can debate the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill and get it passed in this monsoon session.
RAJYA SABHA SELECT COMMITTEE ON GST BILL COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE
- Bhupender Yadav (BJP) – CHAIRPERSON
- Chandan Mitra,
- Ajay Sancheti,
- Madhusudan Mistry,
- Mani Shankar Aiyar,
- Balachandra Mungekar,
- Naresh Agrawal
- KC Tyagi
- Derek O’brien,
- A Navaneethakrishnan,
- Satish Chandra Misra
- KN Balagopal,
- Dilip Tirkey
- Praful Patel,
- Anil Desai,
- Naresh Gujral,
- Mir Mohammad Fayaz,
- D Raja
- Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
- M. Ramesh
On 3rd july 2015 Select Committee come together to deliberate on The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 (GST Bill). The passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the monsoon session of Parliament got blocked after Congress came up with fresh five demands and threatened to block passage of the landmark legislation if the following condition were not incorporated –
- One per cent of tax, imposed over and above GST to compensate the manufacturing states to be removed.
- Inclusion of real estate as well as alcohol and petroleum products be brought under GST regime .
- Compensation formulae should be specified.
- Restoring of dispute settlement provision in the bill
- Setting up of maximumceiling on GST rate.
Two-thirds majority is required for the bill to pass in the upper house. The NDA government’s lack in numbers in the Rajya Sabha which makes it a difficult task to pass the bill .
It was decided to put forward the amendments sought by the Congress members in the next meeting (information not yet disclosed ) through voting Congress is apprehensive of its proposals getting defeated in the panel on the other hand they are confident about blocking the bill in the rajya sabha due to majority.
Congress, which described the GST as its “own baby” forced the government to refer the Constitutional Amendment Bill for rolling out of GST to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha in last session of Parliament. While these fresh demands will make it difficult for the government to get the Bill passed by the Rajya Sabha, the Congress has smartly demonstrated that the party is favoring the GST implementation and it is not anti-development.