Srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday, called the decision of imposing Goods and Services Tax(GST) on Kashmir handicrafts as unfair, calling for its immediate rollback from the sate and restoring its financial autonomy.
The camber that convened a meeting of its members associated with the handicraft activity of carpet, shawl, crewel works, woodcarving, chain stitch and papier-mâché at Residency Road, Srinagar to assess the impact and anguish caused to the stakeholders by implementing GST in the state.
The meeting according to the chamber was well attended by large number of members, artisans, weavers, manufacturers and dealers of all items of handicrafts.
The statement added that participants expressed in one voice anguish over the implementation of GST in the state.
GST according to the participants will impact a siziable population and have grave implication on the day to day handicraft business, saying that government deceived them in this regard by not fulfilling its promises.
It was decided that KCCI should use all resources at its command to ensure that the GST in the case of J&K State is rolled back and fiscal autonomy of the state is restored.
Adding that people of J&K in general shall in no case compromise on the fiscal autonomy of the State.
The meeting was presided over by the president KCCI Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, several past Presidents besides the heads of other handicraft organisations, association affiliated with the KCC&I.