The Wholesale Sugar Dealers' Association of Punjab has criticised the state government for its decision to impose 11% entry tax on sugar coming from other states and threatened to shut wholesale sugar shops across the state on Friday if the entry tax is not rolled back.
During a press conference here on Wednesday, association members said the state government's decision would have an adverse impact on the consumers. The price of sugar has already gone up by Rs 2 per kg across the state following the imposition of entry tax, they said.
Members claimed that the state government's move was aimed at favouring a few big sugar mills that were running into losses in Punjab.
Pritam Singh Arora, president of the association, said, "Dealers from across the state will shut their shops and not supply sugar on Friday. We will hold an indefinite protest at the district level from June 1 if the government fails to roll back the entry tax."