On 15 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave directions to take all requisite steps to ensure that the GST is rolled out before the deadline of 1 April 2017.
He has also said that GST Council would need to have intensive meetings to be able to make timely recommendations relating to its mandate, including proposals relating to Model GST laws, GST rates, goods and services that may be subjected to or exempted from GST.
The directive and the observation came at a meeting Modi chaired yesterday to review the preparedness for rollout of GST and to ensure that there is no slippage on the date of its implementation from 1 April 2017.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and senior officials of the Prime Ministers Office and Finance Ministry.
"The Prime Minister reviewed the progress made on various steps needed for the rollout of GST relating to preparation of Model GST laws and rules to be framed, establishment of IT infrastructure for both Centre and States, training of officers of Central and State Governments and outreach for awareness of trade and industry," said a PMO statement issued today.