In­dia: Op­po­si­tion high­lights tex­tile in­dus­try's con­cerns over GST in Ra­jya Sabha

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The Op­po­si­tion par­ties have raised their voice against the im­pact of Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) on tex­tile in­dus­try dur­ing the Zero Hour de­bate in the Ra­jya Sabha and high­lighted the is­sues be­ing faced by the in­dus­try due to im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new tax regime.

Many of the op­po­si­tion mem­bers de­manded that the tex­tile sec­tor should be kept out of the purview of GST. They also raised is­sues re­lat­ing to the re­cent strike by tex­tile traders in Gu­jarat and other parts of the coun­try and their im­pact on the in­dus­try.

A Mem­ber of the Par­lia­ment from Te­lan­gana ex­pressed con­cern over the ex­ces­sive slabs of GST rolled out. He also high­lighted the griev­ances of hand­loom, pow­er­loom and tex­tile sec­tors known for em­ploy­ing around 70 lakh peo­ple in the coun­try.

The tex­tile sec­tor needs to be pro­tected in view of its glory, em­pha­sized the MP. The strike by West Ben­gal traders and its im­pact on the in­dus­try was also part of the dis­cus­sion in the Up­per House. “The com­plex­ity of GST rules, the prob­lem in main­tain­ing GST au­dit and reg­is­tra­tion process has hit busi­ness and jobs of os­ta­gar (tai­lors),” re­port­edly said Ritabrata Ban­er­jee, a CPI mem­ber from West Ben­gal.

Most of the busy tex­tile mar­kets in In­dia, such as Burrabazar in Kolkata; Bhilwara – the tex­tile hub of Ra­jasthan; and

Su­rat – the man-made fi­bre (MMF) hub have all worn a de­serted look as the tex­tile traders here have been busy protest­ing against the Cen­tre over GST. Gu­jarat, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Tamil Nadu and Odisha are also fac­ing a sim­i­lar busi­ness sit­u­a­tion since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST.

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