He said the GST will "also be the best example of cooperative federalism" and "Together we will take India to new heights of progress".

Soon after the passage of the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 to facilitate rollout of GST, Modi tweeted, "On this truly historic occasion of the passage of the GST Bill in the Rajya Sabha, I thank the leaders and members of all parties."

He added, "Our MPs must be congratulated for their path- breaking decision to give India an indirect tax system for the 21st century."

This reform, the Prime Minister said, will promote 'Make in India', help exports and thus boost employment while providing enhanced revenue.

"We continue to work with all parties & states to introduce a system that benefits all Indians & promotes a vibrant & unified national market," he added.

Also, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said manufacturing taxes and VAT will come down with the new national sales tax but the same for services tax will be decided by states and centre.
GST, which will subsume over a dozen central and state levies including excise duty, service tax and VAT, is "perhaps the most important" tax reform, he said soon after Rajya Sabha overwhelmingly voted for the legislation.

"Today is a historic day for the reason that Rajya Sabha has passed the GST bill which have been held up for a very long time. All members present at the time of voting, voted in favour of the bill," Jaitley told reporters in Parliament House.

Thanking Congress and other opposition parties for supporting the legislation, he said proceedings in the Upper House demonstrated to the world that this is a great day for Indian democracy and Indian federalism.

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