Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 1
Leaders and activists from various traders’ organizations engaged in the manufacture and sale of footwear have called for the cancellation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike on footwear with immediate effect.
They have threatened to unleash a coordinated agitation in the event that their claim is not successful and the GST increase from 5 to 12 percent is not removed.
Activists, led by Wholesale Shoe Bazaar Akalgarh Market chairman Ludhiana, Amar Singh Saraon, alleged that the Union government arbitrarily decided to increase the GST on shoes, which was an essential item for everyone, without distinction of sex and age.
They feared that the hike, if implemented, would affect hundreds of thousands of residents from the lower and middle strata of society, in addition to small traders, who were engaged in the footwear trade.
Leaders of social and political organizations also condemned the government’s decision to increase the GST on footwear from 5 percent to 12 percent.
“The decision of the Goods and Services Tax Council to increase the GST on an essential item cannot be called user-friendly and it should be withdrawn on the model of the textile step back,” said Jatinder Bhola, former chairman of the Ahmedgarh city council.