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Jaitley says all states on board for GST, Tamil Nadu yet to warm up

Jaitley, however, added that there was “no deadline as such” for the implementation of the GST bill.

Published: 15th June 2016 03:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2016 07:05 AM   |  A+A-

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing during the inauguration of 4th India Water Week- 2016 in New Delhi. | PTI

NEW DELHI: Even as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa met the Prime Minister regarding the State’s concerns on GST, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with the Empowered Committee of State finance ministers in Kolkata.

The meeting was hosted by West Bengal Chief Minster Mamata Banerjee.

“Virtually all states have supported the idea of GST except Tamil Nadu which has some reservations,” Jaitley said.

He, however, added there was “no deadline as such” for the implementation of GST. The government had earlier targeted to roll out the nationwide single tax regime from April 1, 2016, but the Bill has been stuck in Rajya Sabha due to opposition by the Congress.

“TN has offered a few a suggestions which have been noted by the committee,” Jaitley said. The meeting was attended by finance ministers of 22 states.

“The first thing which will have to be done is to pass the Constitutional amendment which has to be then ratified by the states,” he said.



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