Make arrangements for speedy GST rollout: Modi to states

New Delhi, April 23
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon states to work with the Union government as “Team India” to ensure expeditious rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the forthcoming months.
In his closing remarks at the Niti Aayog Governing Council’s third meeting, PM Modi also urged states, local governments and NGOs to decide goals for 2022 and work in mission mode towards achieving them.
He also emphasised the states should make legislative arrangements “without delay” for GST rollout from July 1.
“The consensus on GST reflects the spirit of ‘one nation, one aspiration, one determination’, PM Modi had said while delivering his opening remarks at the meeting earlier in the day.
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. Making a big push for the Digital India initiative, the Prime Minister called upon states to use the GeM platform – Government e-Marketplace, to reduce corruption and increase transparency in government procurement. He said the use of technologies such as BHIM and Aadhaar would result in significant savings for the states.
He added that there have been suggestions to follow January to December as financial year and urged states to take the initiative in this regard.
Niti Aayog came out with 300 specific action points for accelerating the economic growth of the country at its Governing Council meet on Sunday.
These action points formed part of a presentation made by Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya at the third meeting of the council held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The action points are part of the presentation on a 15-year long-term vision accompanied by a 7-year strategy and a 3-year action agenda, an official statement said.

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