Upset over GST, garment traders in Jharkhand to close shops on Friday

Ranchi: Garment shops across the state will remain closed till noon on Friday to protest against central government’s plan to hike GST on garments and textiles to 12 percent from existing five percent. Jharkhand Thok Vastra Vikreta Sangh (JTVVS) on Thursday said that all garment, textile and hosiery shops in Ranchi and elsewhere in the state has decided to shutdown their shutters till 12pm tomorrow as symbolic protest against the decision of the centre.

JTVVS officials said that in the past, they had also written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman and others to refrain from increasing GST rates on garments and textile citing how they will lead to increase in prices by at least 7-10 percent.

“Roti, pakda and makan are still basic needs for people which many in the country are battling to access. The ongoing covid-19 and host of restriction accompanying it has already pushed traders into losses in over last one year. The increase in GST rates will not just lead to increase in the rates of garments, but will also be an additional burden on people, which in the long term will impact garment and textile retailers,” said Kamal Jain Madan, adding that after 12pm, even though shops will be opened but everyone will work with black badges as mark of protest.

“We will also meet state finance minister Rameshwar Oraon tomorrow after the protest to press for our demands seeking state’s intervention,” he said.