Sit in protest in Lal Chowk on Thursday
Srinagar: The handicraft artisans and traders of the valley have called for a sit-in protest on 3rd August in Partap Park against imposition of 12% GST on handicrafts.
At a meeting of district handicraft representatives at Zaldagar Tuesday, the members resolved not to allow the imposition of GST on handicrafts in the state, a press statement issued by Carpet Manufacture Association said.
Farooq Ahmad Shah, Gen Secretary, Carpet Manufacture Association said all district representative including artisans, traders, manufacturers, exporters, and raw material suppliers participated in the meeting and
requested chief minister to roll back GST on handicraft to save the beleaguered traders from committing suicide “like the farmers in the mainland India did in the past due to state’s indifferent behavior towards them.”
The meeting resolved that all district representatives will take necessary measures to prevent its implementation on handicrafts and push the government to roll back the GST on handicraft, said Mushtaq Wani, KCCI president
“We organized an interactive meeting with prominent members of all district representatives on the 12% tax of Goods & Services Tax in the State of Jammu & Kashmir on Monday here, in which we have resolved that handicrafts should receive a complete tax exemption to survive,” said Pervez Ahmad, a carpet dealer.