Passing the GST Bill in Parliament will be the government's priority, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said on Wednesday after taking charge of his office.
"We hope the GST (Goods and Services Tax) will be passed in the coming monsoon session. Our focus will be to expedite the process of growth," he told journalists. Arjun Ram Meghwal, who also assumed charge as a minister of state for finance on Wednesday, said, "We will like to speed up the process of economic growth and achieve the economic goals so that the benefit of economic development will reach the last mile."
Both Gangwar and Meghwal took charge of their posts in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who welcomed them with bouquets. Gangwar, who was the Minister of State for Textiles, was shifted to the Finance Ministry by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in a major reshuffle of his council of ministers. Gangwar has been an MP from Bareilly. Meghwal is a former bureaucrat.