Arun Jaitley held pre-Budget consultations with his state counterparts during which they offered suggestions on various fiscal policy and budgetary measures.
Retailers have asked the govt to simplify GST system and grant industry status to the sector for easier access to finance and attract more investments.
Assocham has sought enhanced outlay for education in the upcoming Budget and pitched for exempting higher education from GST.
The government should introduce a separate tax benefit for pre-EMI interest during the construction period.
India is missing at the AFF event, ostensibly because its ministers and officials have opted for the WEF at Davos in Switzerland later this month, an official said.