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Winter Session to Be Held From 16 Nov-16 Dec to Help GST Roll-Out

The winter session was advanced to November in an attempt to roll out the GST Bill by 1 April 2017.

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The winter session of the Parliament will start on 16 November and will end on 16 December, the cabinet committee told on Thursday.

Usually, the winter session starts in the third or fourth week of November, but it was advanced this year to help in rolling out the goods and services tax bill (GST) from 1 April 2017.

This decision was made keeping in mind the government's plan to advance the presentation of the general budget by about a month.

The budget, which was usually presented in the last working day of February might be brought forward to start the process of revenue mobilisation and capital expenditures from 1 April, the first day of the financial year.

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Parliament passed the Constitution (122nd) Amendment Bill for GST in August, but it has to clear the Central GST and Integrated GST bills before its rollout from 1 April 2017, as envisaged by the NDA government.

The monsoon session this year was relatively productive but the winter session could witness a debate on India's surgical strike on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on 19 September.

Opposition parties have accused the BJP of politicising and “profiteering” from the military action, while the ruling party has accused them of “belittling” the sacrifice of the armed forces.

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