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Protests against GST: Textile traders take out rally in Surat

Traders say the protest will continue until their demand is fulfilled.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2017 00:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Ahmedabad, Hindustan Times
GST protests,Surat protests,Gujarat textiles
Textile traders take out a rally against the Goods and Services Tax in Surat on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Continuing their strike which is underway since last month, textile traders in Surat on Saturday organised a silent march to protest the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Prior to GST, there was no tax levied in the textiles sector.

The rally, in which over one lakh of traders took part, was taken out after the agitation - going on since June 5 - by traders of 165 markets in Surat failed to yield any result.

Earlier this week, the police resorted to lathicharge to control the protesting traders.

On Friday, Union minister of state for road and transport Mansukh Mandaviya held meeting with traders’ leaders and assured to take up the matter with the GST council.

At the end of the rally on Saturday, the traders submitted a memorandum of their demands to the district collector.

“Some discomfort is expected in the beginning whenever a big change is introduced. And, the BJP has been in constant touch with the traders. I have also assured that I will represent their demand to the GST council’,” said Mandaviya.

Traders have maintained that the protest will continue until their demand is fulfilled. They have also planned to organise dharna on Monday.

The 165 textile trading markets in Surat have more than 70,000 shops, with a daily turn over of over Rs 100 crore. Surat is one of the major textile trade hubs in the country.

First Published: Jul 09, 2017 00:00 IST