Barring Tamil Nadu, 21 states ‘virtually support’ GST Bill: Arun Jaitley


Jaitley met 22 state finance minister to discuss the roadmap and design for the crucial GST bill.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attended a crucial meeting to decide the roadmap for the Goods & Services Bill. In attendance were 22 state finance ministers who were there to also share ideas on the GST bill.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Jaitley said that all the 22 state finance minister shared their views on the GST bill on Tuesday in Kolkata. He said nearly all the states, barring Tamil Nadu, were in support of the GST Bill that the centre has been trying to get implemented.

Jaitley said that all the stakeholders who attended the meeting, also gave their views on the roadmap and design of the GST bill.

Going ahead, it is likely that the government will hold more such meetings before the crucial bill is eventually passed.

Recently, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said that the government was looking at April 2017 as the new deadline for the rollout of the GST Bill. This will only be possible though, if it gets the support from smaller regional parties to pass the national sales tax legislation in the Parliament session next month. Then it would need the approval for supporting laws by year-end.

“If we can pass it in the monsoon session (of Parliament beginning next month), then we can implement it in April 1, 2017,” Sinha had told PTI.


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