GST Hits Handloom Sector

Handloom and Textiles Minister Snehangini Chhuria today said imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has adversely affected the Handloom  Sector in Odisha. 

The Minister, addressing Media Men on the sidelines of National Handloom Day function held here at Jayadev Bhavan expressed her worry.
She said earlier, there was a plan to impose 18  Percent GST on handloom products.
 But after repeated requests by the State Government, GST Council decided to reduce the GST from 18 to 5 Percent.
But still it is worrying the weavers, she maintained.
Keeping the handloom products out of the GST’s purview would protect the livelihood of weavers and artisans in the State is needed said the Minister.
Earlier, handloom products such as Sambalpuri, Bomkei, Maniabandha, and Tussar saris manufactured by the weavers of the State were exempted from tax in a bid to promote its sale and export.
Minister said, in Odisha, the livelihood of over 3.50 Lakh weavers and artisans’ families depends on it.
Ms.Churia appealed for GST exemption for the Handloom Sector, which is in dire straits after 1 July.

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