NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation from the Central Hall of Parliament at the Goods and Services Tax (GST) launch event. After his speech, he launched the landmark tax reform along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his address, Mr Mukherjee also spoke about his experience as Finance Minister and described the the launch of GST as a "moment of satisfaction" for him.
In a few minutes from now, we will witness the launch of GST. This historic moment is the culmination of a 14 year journey.
In meetings with Chief Ministers, officials, I found most of them had a constructive approach.
It is remarkable in 18 meetings of the GST council, all decisions taken by consensus.
The council has pleasantly surprised all of us by completing its task in time.
There is bound to be teething troubles. We have to solve them with speed. Success depends on effective implementation.