Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states will meet on August 27 in the national capital to discuss the ratification of the Constitution amendment bill which will set in motion the rollout of Goods and Services Tax in the country. ANI reported that BJP president Amit Shah has called the meeting where the CMs will be urged to ratify the Constitution amendment bill at the earliest. Before the CMs meet, core groups of BJP-ruled states will meet in Delhi on August 23, where Shah will take direct feedback from the states about GST, ANI reported. To establish a legal framework for GST rollout, the first step is ratification of the Constitution amendment bill by at least 50% states of the country. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhiya had said the approval of 16 states would be obtained within 30 days.
After states’ approval, the GST Constitution amendment bill would go for Presidential assent, followed by approval and setting up of a GST Council by the Union Cabinet and the approval of the Model GST Bill. Adhiya had said that all bills should be introduced in the state assemblies and Parliament for approval during the winter session. The Revenue secretary said the government is ready with necessary IT infrastructure. As part of the “Change management”, for smooth rollout of uniform GST, Adhiya said about 60,000 officers across the country would be trained. “An outreach programme has already started and multiple Town Hall meetings will held in coming months to reach out to the business persons,” he said