July 23, 2010 / 11:13 AM / in 7 years

Govt to present GST bill in parliament's upcoming session

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The government plans to present in parliament a bill to implement the goods and services tax (GST), Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Friday.

File photo of cargo containers stacked at a depot in Rajasthan, March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur/Files

The ruling coalition faces an emboldened opposition raring to attack it on soaring inflation and other issues when parliament resumes on Monday, possibly distracting from debate on several key reform bills.

The government wants to enact legislation, including those to expand a politically and economically potent welfare scheme to provide cheap grains to the poor, simplify taxation and to cap private firms’ liability in case of a nuclear accident.

Reporting by Abhijit Neogy

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