Congress ready to support amended GST Bill: Rajeev Shukla

| Updated: Jul 18, 2016 17:48 IST

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Congress leader Rajeev Shukla today said that the government should accept their suggestions and scrap additional taxes to ensure passage of the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. Stating that the Congress is in favour of the GST Bill, Shukla called for certain amendments in the same. "But we are seeking an amendment in the bill so that the government does not levy additional taxes and people of India can get some relief. We want this provision to be added," he said. Asserting that talks are going on, Shukla said consensus can be built only though parleys. "We want to get it passed since this is our bill. We are the architects of the bill," Shukla told ANI outside the Parliament here. The Congress has three issues with the GST bill and wants the Centre to make necessary amendments to it. The party demands that a cap of 18 per cent be included in the GST Bill, deletion of the provision which allows imposition of one per cent tax by additional levy and an independent dispute mechanism. The Monsoon Session of Parliament will have 20 working days and will conclude on the 12th of next month. A total of 25 bills, including the crucial GST Bill, are expected to come up for consideration and passage during the session.(ANI)