Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministers to work out a way to ensure rules of a legislation are framed simultaneously so that the law can take immediate effect once the Act is passed by Parliament and gets presidential assent.
In another advice, Modi asked his ministerial colleagues to embrace social media wholeheartedly.
The PM's advice came at a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on Tuesday after Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha gave a nearly hour-long presentation on the status of various Cabinet decisions in finance and infrastructure sectors and Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy.
Sinha described the pending GST legislation as one to make "India a common market by harmonisation of taxes" and which "will simplify tax system, prevent tax evasion, promote ease of doing business and accelerate economic growth."
Aminister present at the meeting told ET that the PM expressed his anguish over why framing and notification of rules invariably took several months after an Act was passed, effectively delaying the operationalisation of the initiative.
"The PM asked if the possibility of simultaneous framing of the rules along with the Act can be done as otherwise it was useless to notify the Act," the minister told ET. He said the PM stressed this was important to make the benefits of the initiative reach the beneficiaries instantly.The rules to Land Acquisition Act were notified last December, over two years after the Act was passed during UPA tenure. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act was passed last year but the rules were notified only on April 14. Rules to the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies) Bill passed in March, are still to be notified.