Gujarat: Contractors on strike from Sunday against GST

The indefinite strike could ground state government’s projects worth Rs 50,000 crore.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:July 16, 2017 5:16 am
gst, legal services, cbec, goods and services, delhi high court, gst on advocates, gst on lawyers, indian express “We had given the government time to consider our demands till July 15, failing which we are taking this step. We have also got letters of support from contractors from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab for the strike,” said Arvindbhai Patel, chairman of the association. (Representative Image)

Over 5,000 contractors from across the state have announced to go on an indefinite strike from Sunday to protest against the 18 per cent tax imposed on the construction industry under the new GST regime. Earlier, the sector, which includes infrastructure projects of government’s PWD paid 0.6 per cent as tax for work contract and were exempted from other taxes related to road and building construction works

This is the second instance since June when Gujarat Contractors Association, the apex body of contractors, called for strike against the GST.   “We had given the government time to consider our demands till July 15, failing which we are taking this step. We have also got letters of support from contractors from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab for the strike,” said Arvindbhai Patel, chairman of the association.

The indefinite strike could ground state government’s projects worth Rs 50,000 crore. “The GST regime has started affecting the ongoing projects. We have demanded that we should get impact fee along with the bills of each month for the ongoing projects that are being undertaken,” Patel added.

Textile traders march in Ahmedabad

Close to 50,000 people from textile sector took part in a rally in Ahmedabad on Saturday against the 5 per cent GST on cloth. After the rally, the protesters submitted a representation of their demands to the sales commissioner area. “Traders from Jaipur, New Delhi, Jamnagar and Jaipur also took part in the rally. We got support of traders from neighbouring markets like Ratanpol, Dhalgarwad and Dani Limbda,” said textile trader Dashrath Maheswari.

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    Dalbir
    Jul 18, 2017 at 8:55 am
    Looks like only BJP is not corrupt now. Does GST apply for campaign finances. Because BJP spent crores in UP election.
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      BRIJ MOHAN CHIBBER
      Jul 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm
      contractors are thief they do not want to do the business in right direction They are corrupt and govt officials like PWD Muni l corporation Noida (U.P.) Development corporation are their brothers a great mafia lobby
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        LOKESH HOTWANI
        Jul 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm
        Hello Mr.Brij Mohan Chibber, first of all behave your language, how the you know contractors are thief? give any documented proof for what you have said otherwise i will sue you in court of justice for same.second thing do u know why these contractors are protesting? let me explain you, all the contracts taken in previous years are not yet completed as big projects have completion period of 2-3 years.Any contractor or businessman quote rates on the basis of market rates in present conditions not predicting the rates for next 2-3 years this compe ive market of constructions where already raw material is getting costly contractors provide least rates for getting project so that labour and manpower gets work.After all those efforts when government impose tax o f 18 (which will become 8 -9 on overall project) how a contractor will be able to work? and ultimately contractors will be either blacklisted or face loss.Now you tell me ,whats wrong in protesting against that?
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