NEW DELHI Dec 23 India's finance ministry and
state finance officials have broadly agreed on the draft of the
national sales tax and are making "reasonable headway" on a few
contentious issues, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on
They will meet again for two days from Jan. 3, Jaitley told
reporters, but did not clarify whether the country could meet
the self-imposed deadline of April 1 for the launch of Goods and
Services Tax, the country's most ambitious tax reform as yet.
"I am trying my best," he said when asked about the April
roll out of the tax.
"I am not going to bind myself with anything. Our effort is
to do it as quickly as possible and I think we are making a
reasonable headway," Jaitley said.
(Reporting by Nigam Prusty and Manoj Kumar; Editing by Malini