ISLAMABAD - The government on Tuesday faced a jolt when Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs noted that federal government could not impose Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) through money bill, as the Supreme Court could reject it if it was challenged in the apex court. The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs scheduled for Tuesday was postponed till Thursday, as committees members were of the view that the government should impose Gas Infrastructure Development Cess through a normal bill instead of money bill. They asked the government to reinitiate the process of introducing bill in the Parliament, as they could not impose the cess through money bill. Talking to the media, Chairman Senate Standing Committee Senator Ahmad Ali has said that Committee would never approve the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill 2011 as a money bill. He was of the view that Supreme Court could reject it, as it did it in extension of President National Bank of Pakistan Ali Raza case, as it was done through money bill. The government can take taxation measures in the money bill that did not include imposition of cess. Senator Ahmad Ali said the govt could not impose cess after the 18th Amendment. that empowers the provinces to do so. He further said that Senator Ishaq Dar would also attend the Thursday meeting, as he is one of the important members of the committee and he would give significant input regarding this issue. However, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain said the matter would be further discussed in Thursday meeting when he was asked whether the government would replace it through a normal bill. The agenda of the meeting was to take two crucial bills titled The Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Amendment Bill 2011 and Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill 2011, said the agenda of the meeting. The government in a mid-year taxation measures is determined to impose new taxes worth more than Rs 40 billion on gas consumers, wherein some Rs 13 billion from gas development cess and Rs 27 billion from petroleum levy. The Committee members did not raise any constitutional issue in The Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Amendment Bill 2011. However chairman Senate Standing Committee said that no political party would want to go in public after imposing new taxes on gas (LPG and CNG), therefore political might oppose imposition of taxes on gas through Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Amendment Bill 2011, he added.