Kashmir observes shutdown against GST launch

Kashmir observes shutdown against GST launch
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Srinagar: Most shops and business establishments were shut across Kashmir Wednesday due to a strike over alleged high-handedness of the government and the proposed rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state.
The strike, called by Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), prompted the authorities to impose restrictions in parts of Srinagar, the summer capital. Most of the shops and other business establishments in Srinagar were closed.
JKCC, which has been opposing proposed introduction of GST in the state in its current form, is an umbrella body representing trade, commerce and industrial organisations, besides civil society formations, in the valley.
JKCC called the general strike across the valley to protest against what they termed as “high-handedness” of the authorities and the proposed GST launch in the state.
However, public transport remained unaffected. Restrictions are in force in areas under jurisdictions of police stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal, District Magistrate (Deputy Commissioner) Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone told PTI.

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