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Monsoon session of Parliament starts from July 18; Modi govt hopeful of passage of GST Bill


PATNA: The Monsoon session of the Parliament will start from July 18.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs held in New Delhi today.

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The meeting recommended convening of Monsoon session of Parliament from July 18 to August 12 subject to exigencies of government business, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M Venakaiah Naidu told the media today.

Naidu said the ensuing Monsoon session will have a total of 20 sittings over a period of 26 days.

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He informed there are 11 Bills pending in Lok Sabha and 45 Bills pending in Rajya Sabha.

He said that the  Ministers have been asked to take necessary action in respect of the pending and new Bills to be introduced by the third of next month so as to ensure that about 20 to 25 Bills could be taken up for introduction, consideration and passing.

Naidu hoped the GST Bill would be passed during the ensuing Monsson session of Parliament.

“There is a broad consensus on GST Bill with almost all the State Governments and political parties favouring the Bills. If some parties still have some issues, the Government is keen to discuss the same. Given the importance of the Bill, it would be appropriate if GST Bill could be passed unanimously. As Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, I prefer consensus on such important Bill before exploring other options. Introduction of GST is in the larger national interest and I appeal to all parties to support it”, he said.

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