Traders demand to form State-level GST Council immediately

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jan 2018 10:18:50


Business Bureau,

Traders from more than 30 cities who participated in the State-level meeting organised by Aurangabad Zilla Vyapari Mahasangh and Marathwada Chamber of Trade and Commerce unanimously expressed their discontent about the various policies of the Government.

Mahendrabhai Shah, Chairman of Confederation of All India Traders presided over the conference. Mohan Gurnani, Chairman of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) was chief guest and Dipen Agrawal, President of CAMIT was guest of honour. The meeting saw representation from different trade organisations from all districts of the State.

The traders said that constant changing regulations of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the decision to allow hundred per cent FDI in retail sector, the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, E-way Bill and the various additional charges being levied by the banks are against the traders, farmers and the common man. The participants decided to reach out to the common people and create awareness through district-level meetings.

In the backdrop of the meeting, to address the concerns of small traders, the trader representatives in the conference decided to hold a State-level conference in Mumbai in March.

According to the traders, the business has already suffered losses due to un-favourable environment. However, the conference was organised to chalk out an action plan to prevent losses in future.

Dipen Agrawal effectively raised the issue of E-way Bill with an appeal to scrap it as it would affect the free movement of goods inter and intra State. For GST, he said, in rural areas infrastructure such as computerisation and net connectivity should be made available.

Agrawal said, Government should have created infrastructure in rural areas for GST before introducing it in haste. He underscored the need to form State-level GST Council consisting of trade and industry representatives to address implementation issues. Mohan Gurnani said, market committees which were formed for the welfare of farmers, are exploiting them and businessmen. He demanded to abolish APMC Act with immediate effect.

Ajay Shah, outgoing President of Aurangabad Zilla Vyapari Mahasangh (AZVM), the primary objective of the conference was to put forward the traders concern before the Government ahead of the Budget session.
“If the Budget addresses our concern there will not be any agitation. However, if that does not happen, we will aggressively push our demands he said.

Viren Patel, former President of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Praful Malani, President of Marathwada Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Jagannath Kale, President of Aurangabad Zilla Vyapari Mahasangh, Satyanarayan Lahoti, former Vice-Chairman of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Raju Rathi, Vice-President of CAMIT and Mitesh Prajapati, Joint Secretary of CAMIT were present. Mansingh Pawar, former Chairman of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce conducted the proceedings while Rajan Haujwala, Secretary Aurangabad Zilla Vyapari Mahasangh proposed the vote of thanks.