“RISE ABOVE PARTIES, POLITICS, EXTEND FULL SUPPORT” : UNION MINISTER VENKAIAH NAIDU SAID ON GST

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday exhorted the political parties to ‘rise above politics’ and extend their full support to the Goods and Services Tax.  Naidu’s appeal has come amid reports of the Opposition’s alleged decision to skip the special session being organised on June 30 ahead of the designated launch of the GST.  Naidu, while addressing the media assured that although there may be implementation glitches at the initial stages of the rollout, the GST Council will identify and overcome them at the earliest.  “The GST is a very important tax reform. Undoubtedly, there will be teething troubles initially. But, I assure you that the council will take them up and overcome any obstacles they are faced with. I would like to appeal to all those concerned to rise above parties and politics, and extend their full support,” he said.  Hailing the forthcoming bill as the ‘biggest tax reform since independence’, Naidu asserted that it will bring economic integration, reduce delays and end discrimination among taxpayers.  The Rediff.com : 26th. June,17

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