NEW DELHI, Sept 1 - The government will seek Presidential assent for the landmark Constitution amendment Bill for GST as 16 states have ratified the legislation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.
With Odisha approving the constitution amendment at a special Assembly session today, 50 per cent of the states have ratified the GST Bill.
�The requisite number of states have ratified the GST Constitution Amendment Bill and now it can go for Presidential assent,� Jaitley tweeted.
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that the government is ahead of schedule for implementation of GST. �Instead of 30 days kept for this (states� ratification), it is achieved in 23 days,� he said in a tweet.
The government plans to roll out the new indirect tax regime from April 1, 2017. GST, the biggest tax reform since Independence, will create uniform market for seamless movement of goods and services with one tax rate.
Since Parliament passed the Constitution Amendment Bill on August 8, as many as 16 states, starting with Assam, have ratified the Bill. GST being a constitutional amendment requires 50 per cent of State Assemblies to ratify it.
The other states which have passed the legislation include Bihar (August 16), Jharkhand (August 17), Chhattisgarh (August 22), Himachal Pradesh (August 22), Gujarat (August 23), Madhya Pradesh and Delhi (August 24), Nagaland (August 24), Maharashtra, Haryana, Sikkim (August 29), Mizoram, Telangana (August 30), Goa (August 31) and Odisha (September 1). � PTI