The government will also strive to eliminate discretions and maintain the speed of reforms, Jaitley said in an interview. The Finance Minister also dismissed any perception that nothing has moved on the ground on policy front in reviving the economy and said that such a view was confined only to a section of critics.
     
Answering a question about voices from India Inc complaining that the government was not walking the talk, Jaitley said there was no such "overwhelming perception". Some of the reports complaining about the economy not having taken off were "inspired news items referring to a dozen people without naming a single", he said.

The Minister said that a section of corporates voicing disappointment were those who were used to a "system of largesses". On taxation, Jaitley said, the effort would be to make it "more reasonable".

The government, which came to power in May last year, plans to roll out a common GST by April 1, 2015 on indirect taxes, while corporate tax rate would be brought down to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of four years on the direct taxes, he added. The government also intends to eliminate the exemptions while reducing the rate of corporate tax, though these would be retained for the individual taxpayers.
     
"I would keep exemptions but keep that for individual tax payers and in the last two years I have strengthened the kind of exemptions," he said, adding it would help in increasing demand and promoting growth. Speaking about the challenges before the government, he said "One, there is a huge road map how to ease your doing business here...I would say (that) is work in progress".

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