SRINAGAR: Prominent business organisations in Kashmir have decided to not meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. However, the Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry said it will meet Singh on Monday to raise issues arising out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Siraj Ahmad, Convener of Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee, an amalgam of 25 business organisations formed to oppose the GST, told Kashmir Reader that they have decided not to meet the home minister.
“We convened a meeting today in which it was decided we won’t meet. We will call a press conference and tell the people about our decision,” Siraj said.
Faiz Bakshi, General Secretary of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said they, too, have decided to stay away.
“We were invited and were scheduled to meet Rajnath at Nehru Guest House. We did not meet him,” he said.
Bashir Kongposh, General Secretary of Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation, said his organisation will also stay away.
Aijaz Shahdar, spokesperson of the Kashmir Traders Federation, told Kashmir Reader that they were invited too but did not attend the meeting.
Rajesh Gupta of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry told Kashmir Reader that he will meet Rajnath to raise issues about the GST. “There are dozens of issues the business community is facing, because a number of things are still unclear. Even chartered accountants don’t know how to deal with them. We will take it up with the home minister. Our primary demand will be to exempt penalties for a period of six months because we know there will be various mistakes committed by the traders,” he said.
The government on Saturday said it is extending the deadline to file GSTR 1 for July to October 10. The earlier deadline was September 10.
The GST Council also decided to put walnut in the 5 percent tax category, from 12 percent tax. It has also exempted from registration traders who deal in handicrafts and have a turnover of less than Rs 20 lakh.