Alternative ways to implement GST: Goyal

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Ahmedabad: Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal today conceded that there is slim possibility of implementation of GST law by April 2016 deadline, but said the government will work out alternatives to implement it so that people derive its benefits. Accusing the Congress of "insulting the people of the country" by disrupting the legislative business in the just-concluded Parliament session where GST bill was stalled, the Minister said they are doing this to create a perception that the Modi government is not working.
"There are less possibilities of implementing Goods and Service Tax (GST) law by April 2016, but the government will work out alternative ways to ensure people get its benefits," Goyal said in response to a specific query if the government can implement it by the April 2016 deadline. "We will hope that the Congress will realise the futility of stalling reforms like GST and will come on board." However, he refrained from spelling out alternative ways, saying the Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) will "think over it and come out with an alternative at an appropriate time". He ruled out Ordinance route for GST, saying constitutional amendments cannot be implemented by Ordinances.

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