India's finance minister says GST needs to be implemented by next September

November 10, 2016 1:36 AM EST

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gestures as he addresses a gathering during a seminar on 'Income Declaration Scheme-2016' in Ahmedabad, India, July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India needs to roll out the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) by Sept. 16, 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

Jaitley added that the government was aiming to implement the new sales tax next April.

Under a law passed by parliament for the tax's implementation, some of the existing levies would expire after Sept. 16.

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Malini Menon)

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