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Textile traders shut down business for three days
Jun '17
Opposing the implementation of GST on textiles, the textile traders across India have shut down their business for 3 days beginning from Tuesday. The traders have also threatened to go on indefinite strike from July 1, 2017 if their demands are not met at the Council meeting this week. The government has decided to roll out GST from June 30 midnight.

The pan India bandh call has been given by the Textile GST Sangharshan Samithi. The traders are likely to observe June 30 as black day if their demands are not met, according to media reports.

"Demonetisation has already shown worst impact on the textile business. The GST would be another bolt from the blue," said Andhra Pradesh Textile Federation.

More than 50,000 textile traders in Ahmedabad and around 60,000 shops and powerlooms weavers have joined the strike. Apart from Surat and Ahmedabad, textile traders in Jetpur, Junagadh, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Surendranagar have also observed bandh.

The call for bandh was taken at the gathering held in Delhi last week. Textile traders from across the country had participated in the meeting.

According to the textile associations, weavers and cloth traders have never paid taxes in the history of Indian textile industry. Implementation of GST will largely affect the organised and unorganised traders associated with the textiles. (RR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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