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Naidu wants Congress’s support in passing GST bill

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New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday sought opposition parties’ help in passing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill in the parliament’s winter session beginning from November 26.

As he urged the opposition parties not to go by political considerations on the GST Bill, the Congress said the government should address its “pro-consumer” concerns on the bill.

I appeal to political parties not to have political considerations and think in terms of national interest,

Naidu said the GST Bill was the need of the hour, as it had been pending for several years.

Naidu said he was discussing the issue with some opposition parties and their meaningful suggestions could also be taken into consideration.

The GST Bill intends to simplify the indirect tax regime in the country, broaden the tax base and result in better tax compliance due to a robust IT infrastructure.

The bill has been pending in the Rajya Sabha where the National Democratic Alliance government lacks a majority.

Congress leader R.P.N. Singh told reporters here that the government should address the party’s concerns which were in favor of consumers.

Singh said the bill was brought by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government but could not be passed, as it was held back due to the stance of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He said the Congress’s demands include a cap on the GST rate at 18 percent, deletion of the provision which allows the imposition of one percent tax by additional levy, an independent dispute resolution mechanism and compensation to Panchayat and urban bodies for loss of revenue along with that to the states.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Feels Need to Protect Mother Tongue

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17

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Urban Development Minister of India M. Venkaiah Naidu. Twitter

Unlike the Latin American countries, India due to its size, tradition and wisdom withstood attempts by the Western colonisers to destroy its indigenous culture, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said here on Sunday.

Addressing students and officials at the National Institute of Oceanography, Naidu said along with the economic reforms, India attracted investments from other countries because it is one of the world’s oldest surviving civilisations.

“I have been to Latin American countries. I asked people there about their mother tongue and whether they were promoting it or not. Many of them do not even know their mother tongue,” Naidu said.

“When I asked them what happened, they said we were under Spain and our language got lost,” he said.

“The colonial rulers first try to attack your culture and then destroy everything. British tried it in context of India. They made English a qualification for jobs, but because of our size, culture and wisdom of people they could not succeed,” he said.

Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons

Naidu said the mother tongue helps articulate original thoughts, which make it imperative for everyone to learn and understand it.

The Vice-President also said the global business community were keen on investing in India not just because of recent economic reforms and stability, but also because of the ancient Indian civilisation and culture.

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“People appreciate of our culture because we are one of the oldest civilisations. We have never attacked any country,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17. (IANS)