Siliguri mar­ket ex­pects to rise post Gorkhaland ag­i­ta­tion


The DQWeek (Kolkata) - - FRONT PAGE - JAGRATI RAKHEJA Siliguri Visit: for com­ments

The 90 days of shut­down and ru­mors pos­si­bly for Pres­i­dent’s rule have made the sit­u­a­tion in­tense for the sur­round­ing hilly re­gions of Dar­jeel­ing. With no tourists, no in­ter­net, di­min­ish­ing food sup­ply and shops and build­ings be­ing van­dal­ized, the beau­ti­ful town and neigh­bor­ing cities have come to a stand­still.

For decades, technology mar­ket has been af­fected by the hap­pen­ings in the po­lit­i­cal sce­nario of the na­tion; ei­ther the mar­ket flour­ishes or crashes. Two such po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions that have in­flu­enced the technology mar­ket of Siliguri, West Ben­gal is the Dar­jeel­ing shut­down, which has ex­panded to a pe­riod of three months and may go on for more days. And the sec­ond is the ap­proval of GST bill by the Ra­jya Sabha. Though, the im­pact has been rather pos­i­tive.

The business and mar­ket in terms of lap­tops, desk­tops, print­ers and tally have aug­mented af­ter the amend­ment of GST bill. On the other hand, re­tail mar­ket for mo­bile phones has dropped.

GST fill­ing has become a both­er­ing task for the busi­ness­men. Up till now, 5 to 10% busi­ness­men have only been able to file GST re­turn. The rea­sons that have led to such slow per­cent­age is the lack of aware­ness among tech­ni­cians, low server speed and work over­load on the char­tered ac­coun­tants.

Now, in or­der to tackle this is­sue the Siliguri IT As­so­ci­a­tion has planned to host the GST Aware­ness fair at the end of Septem­ber month.

Also, while talk­ing to The DQ Week, Ra­jesh Rathi, Pres­i­dent, Siliguri IT As­so­ci­a­tion stated, ‘The IT Mar­ket is strug­gling in Siliguri nowa­days but we hope it will become bet­ter af­ter the strike ends in Dar­jeel­ing.’

Ra­jesh Rathi, Pres­i­dent, Siliguri IT As­so­ci­a­tion

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