GST pain: BJP netas rush to placate textile traders

SURAT: BJP leaders are these days trying to pacify textile traders of 165 textile markets in the country’s largest man-made fabric (MMF) wholesale market in the city. For, the traders had announced that they will celebrate ‘black Diwali’ and not illuminate the textile market buildings on Ring Road to protest against the Centre’s stand on Goods and Services
Navsari MP C R Paatil dashed off to New Delhi along with a small group of textile traders under the banner of South Gujarat Textile Traders’ Association (SGTTA) to meet Union revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Wednesday. Paatil also sent an official communique stating that their meeting with Adhia went off well. The demands put forth by textile traders were regarding 5 per cent GST on unstitched dress material worth Rs 1,000, filing of GST return quarterly instead of monthly, increase in reverse charge from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 payment etc.
Traders are happy that the Union revenue secretary was positive to their demands. However, Paatil had reportedly ignored the office-bearers of Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association (FOSTTA), who had given the call for ‘black Diwali’. This has not gone down well with them.
FOSTTA president Manoj Agarwal said, “We welcome the pro-active attitude of Union revenue secretary. We had met him in the past many times and even the Union ministers, but nothing happened. We can’t believe them until get things in writing.”
Textile Yuva Brigade (TYB) leader Gajendra Singh said, “If our demands for GST simplification are met, we will certainly celebrate Diwali in the textile markets. We are eagerly waiting for the GST Council’s meeting on October 6.”