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Rajya Sabha passes biggest tax reform in India

Rajya Sabha passes biggest tax reform in India


Marking an end to the long and tumultuous debate on GST, the Rajya Sabha has approved the crucial 122nd Constitutional amendment to turn the bill into law. The Lok Sabha had already passed the key bill.

After years of deliberation, the GST, touted as the biggest tax reform in Indian history since independence, has finally seen the light of day.

202 members of Parliament (MP) voted in favour of the Bill while 13 members voted against after a five-hour-long debate which saw voices from both the government and the Opposition speaking on the Bill and its various amendments.

The next step is for the bill to be approved by the respective state governments. The government expects to roll out the GST starting April 2017.