Modi to states: Make arrangements for speedy GST rollout

23 Apr 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the states should make legislative arrangements "without delay" for GST rollout from July 1. Delivering the closing remarks at the third meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog, he also urged states, local governments and NGOs to decide goals for 2022 and work in mission mode towards achieving them. "The Prime Minister reiterated that the legislative arrangements at the state-level for GST should be put in place without delay," an official statement said. The consensus on Goods and Services Tax (GST) reflects the spirit of 'one nation, one aspiration, one determination', Modi earlier said in his opening remarks at the meeting. The GST, which will subsume central excise, service tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) and other local levies, is scheduled to be rolled out from July 1. Parliament has already passed the supporting GST bills and the states are also required to pass their separate legislations for smooth implementation of the new tax regime.(PTI)