Members of Belagavi District WeaversAssociation (BDWA) today took out bike rally and staged protest infront of Deputy Commissioner's office opposing imposition of Goodsand Service Tax (GST) on textile products including handloom andpowerloom products.
BWDA President Bhujang Patil, speaking to newsmen here, allegedthat government had been imposing 5 per cent GST on weavers productsincluding saris. Until now there was no tax on traditional Indianattire of women folk, the levying of taxes on handloom and powerloom products ultimately created burden on weavers who are alreadyexperiencing financial crises due to slow down in industry and dueto decline in demand for the products.
"Our Saris Produced in Belagavi are real reflection of Indianculture and all women wear saris, hence before levying tax on suchproducts government should have knowledge on the such products, theyalleged. An 18 per cent tax has already been imposed on the rawmaterial the further 5 per cent tax on finished products result inincrease in prices of the cloths, he added.
He said that due to heavy amount of tax product marketing hasbecome difficult and it affects the weaver community.
Mr Patil said that the Association may have to intensifyagitation if government fails to withdraw hike.
Many organizations including Silk Sari Traders, Cloth MerchantAssociation and others supported and took part in the protest rally.UNI HVN MSP ADB1830
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