Wish GST had passed during your tenure: PM Modi tells retiring Rajya Sabha MP’s

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a farewell speech for retiring MPs in Rajya Sabha. Over the next two months, 53 members will retire.

The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to the retiring members while noting their contribution to parliamentary proceedings”. However, he wished that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill had been passed during their tenure in the Upper House as it would have immensely benefited people of the states they represent,” and also added that “You didn’t get the chance. But I am sure all those of you who will come back will get this opportunity.”

PM modi tweeted on MPs retirement:

The GST Bill, which the opposition Congress has blocked in the Rajya Sabha, aims to transform India into a uniform market by breaking the current fiscal barrier between states. It will facilitate a uniform tax levied on goods and services across the country.

The second budget session of Parliament proved to be one of the most effective despite the shadow cast by political crisis over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

The political temper, however, didn’t come in the way of the passage of key legislations, such as the insolvency and bankruptcy bill and the anti-hijacking bill, pending before Parliament for a long time.

On the other hand, The Lower House passed six bills apart from the financial business while the Rajya Sabha managed to clear nine. Altogether, five bills were cleared by Parliament during the session which started from April 25.

The Lok Sabha, which was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, utilised 119% of its time while The Rajya Sabha, a vibrant battleground of the government and the Opposition, witnessed repeated disruptions but managed to work for 80% of its allotted time.

Wefornews Bureau

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