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�GST certainly doable in 2016�

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Dec 28 - Rolling out the ambitious GST regime is �certainly� doable in 2016, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today, adding that he is in �continuous touch� with the Congress party in a bid to persuade them to cooperate.

�I hope that in the next session (of Parliament), the GST (Goods and Services Tax) will make headway,� he said. �After all, it was a Bill brought by them (Congress). For political reasons, they have done a volte-face but they should not be doing it indefinitely,� Jaitley told PTI in an interview.

�I am in continuous touch with them and I intend continuing that. It is part of my job to continue to persuade them,� he added.

GST, which seeks to simplify and harmonise the indirect tax regime across the country with a single uniform rate, has been stuck for many years in a political gridlock.

While the previous UPA regime failed to get it passed in Parliament due to opposition from the BJP and some other parties, Congress has now refused to support the bill proposed by the NDA Government in its present form.

Asked about the Government�s target to roll out GST from April 1, 2016, Jaitley said it was not like income tax and therefore it was not necessary to bring it in force from the beginning of a new financial year. � PTI

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