India : Textile traders protest against GST in Surat

Thousands of traders gathered at the Millennium Market to protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Surat of India.

The traders feared that the introduction of GST would lead to return of 'inspector raj' and harassment of small traders engaged in textile and apparel business.

There are 175 retail and wholesale textile and apparel markets in Surat with more than 60,000 traders generating Rs. 300 crore turnover per day.

"We will not accept GST on fabrics.  It will ruin our trade and that the small traders will have to shut their shops," said Sanjay Jagnani, a textile trader and office bearer of Surat Textile Traders Association.

Echoing similar views another trader said that more than 50,000 traders in Surat' are united in fighting this. Majority of traders remained firm that the strike would continue till the GST was removed from the fabric.





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