Hope to see breakthrough on GST: PM Modi

New Delhi [India], Mar. 9 (ANI): Looking forward to a healthy debate in the second part of Budget Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed confidence that the much-awaited legislations related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be passed this time.

"I am hoping that the process of GST will be completed in this session itself. Matters that will benefit the poor will be discussed during this session," he said.

Prime Minister Modi emphasised that the level of debate and discussion will be of good quality and added that discussions will focus on issues affecting the poor.

The first part of the session began on January 31 and concluded on February 9 after presentation of the Union Budget and passage of motion of thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting of both Houses.

The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017, was also passed by Parliament last month to eliminate the possibility of running a parallel economy using the old demonetised notes of Rs. 500 and 1,000.

Apart from the passage of Finance Bill, the government is keen to pass the much-awaited legislations related to the GST during the month-long session which will continue till April 12.

In the Lok Sabha, the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), 2016, are slated for consideration and passage today. (ANI)