Truck­ers to strike, de­mand in­clu­sion of diesel in GST

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis - IANS

KOLKATA: Call­ing for a 36 hour na­tion­wide strike start­ing from 8 a.m. of 9 Oc­to­ber, truck own­ers and op­er­a­tors on Sat­ur­day protested against the dis­rup­tive poli­cies un­der Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) and de­manded the in­clu­sion of diesel in the new in­di­rect tax’s am­bit.

“The post GST sce­nario has crit­i­cally im­paired the trans­port trade. The lead­er­ship of All India Mo­tor Trans­port Congress (AIMTC) and other trans­port as­so­ci­a­tions have pro­claimed the two day to­ken na­tion­wide strike start­ing from 8 a.m. of 9 Oc­to­ber (Mon­day) to 8 p.m. of 10 Oc­to­ber. We also sup­port this,” Cal­cutta Goods Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (CGTA) President Prab­hat Ku­mar Mit­tal told re­porters here.

He said there was ut­ter con­fu­sion, chaos and dis­rup­tion due to var­ied poli­cies un­der GST that are im­posed on the road trans­port sec­tor. Trans­porters also de­manded the re­vi­sion of diesel prices should be done on a quar­terly ba­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to them, con­fu­sions arose with the ex­is­tence of Re­verse Charge Mech­a­nism (RCM) and For­ward Charge (FCM) in GST sys­tem.

Sup­plies of com­modi­ties in­clud­ing food are likely to be af­fected due to the pro­posed to­ken strike. Trans­porters were not able to lift goods from un­reg­is­tered traders as that would re­quire trans­porters to pay GST on these traders’ be­half un­der RCM. The GST sys­tem also pro­vides an­other scheme through which trans­porters can also avail FCM, where they need to pay 12% GST but claim full in­put credit. There should be only one scheme- 5% in RCM to avoid con­fu­sion in trade world, said CGTA Vice President San­tosh Saraf.

The sale of used as­sets also attracts GST which leads to dou­ble tax­a­tion and pro­posed E-way bill is not in tune of with road trans­port sec­tor, Bhaduri said.

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