GST a failure, left us jobless, say handloom workers

Aug 01, 2018, 08:02 IST | ANI

Calling the GST a 'failure', the workers said that the situation had worsened to such an extent that many people in the handloom industry lost their jobs and several were forced to sell their looms

GST a failure, left us jobless, say handloom workers
Representational picture

As the Goods and Services Tax (GST) roll-out completed one year today, handloom workers from Gorakhpur on Sunday shared problems they have been facing since the implementation of the indirect tax. Calling the GST a 'failure', the workers said that the situation had worsened to such an extent that many people in the handloom industry lost their jobs and several were forced to sell their looms and open tea shops and other small distances.

"I was working in handloom, after GST our machines sold. We became jobless. I did not have any option, had to run a family, I now run a poultry shop," Nabi Ahmed, a handloom worker said. They also claimed that contrary to what the Central Government had ensured, their businesses have hit an all-time low post the implementation of GST and it has become increasingly difficult to sell their products.

Some even claimed that if the Central Government does not take immediate steps to resolve the situation, they would take it to the streets. Another handloom worker, Imtiaz Ahmed said, "I used to run a handloom factory, I used to have my own machines. But after the implementation of GST, we faced a huge problem, I did not understand what was going on, after three months I sold my machines and the opened a tea shop. GST has a caused huge problem."

In a major initiative to ease the tax system of the country, the Centre launched the GST on July 1 last year to bring in a regulated tax system in the country. Launched on the midnight on June 30 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then President Pranab Mukherjee, the taxation scheme aimed at bringing all taxes into a single window along the lines of the 'One Nation - One Tax - One Market' goal.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Left, Congress jointly attacking BJP workers in Kerala, says Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK