New Delhi: A mega rehearsal has been planned for Wednesday in the central hall of the Parliament ahead of the historic launch of the goods and services tax (GST) on the midnight of 30 June.

The rehearsal, scheduled to be held at 10pm, may be supervised by either parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, his deputies Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and S.S. Ahluwalia, or secretary Rajiv Yadav, officials said on Tuesday.

Officers concerned from various departments including those from the finance ministry will be part of the rehearsal event, they said.

The event to launch the goods and services tax (GST) will be held in the circular-shaped central hall, which witnessed a function to mark 50 years of Independence, and attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, finance minister Arun Jaitley and a host of senior ministers and bureaucrats, among others.

Mukherjee had piloted the first constitutional amendment bill to bring in GST in 2011 when he was finance minister with the previous United Progressive Alliance regime.

Wednesday’s rehearsal has been organised to ensure that everything is well-organised and there is smooth conduct of the launch event, the officials said.

The final event is likely to start at 11pm on 30 June and will be on till half past midnight, the officials said.

Giving details of the main event, finance minister Arun Jaitley had a few days back said that the hour-long function will mirror the contribution made by different political parties and states to the revolutionary new tax regime.

Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda, vice president Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan will also be the part of the event, officials said.

All Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members have been invited as also chief ministers and state finance ministers, the officials said.

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