Surat’s textile traders protest against GST in a mass rally

Seeing the immense support from the textile traders from all sectors, the police department had granted rally permission with a condition that it should be taken out in the limit of textile trading markets.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Updated: July 8, 2017 7:32 pm
gst, gst gujarat, gst surat, surat textile traders, gst textile, latest news, indian express Surat: Textile traders take out a rally during the eighth day of the protest against the newly introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Surat on Saturday. (PTI)

A massive rally was taken out by textile traders on Saturday afternoon to protest the GST on Man Made Fibre (MMF) and submitted a memorandum to the district collector. The rally took a three-kilometre circular route around the textile market after the police refused permission to the original seven km rally to the Collectorate keeping in mind the threat to law and order.

Seeing the immense support from the textile traders from all sectors, the police department had granted rally permission with a condition that it should be taken out in the limit of textile trading markets.

No women, however, joined the rally which took two hours to cover the stretch. Earlier the GST Sangharsh Samiti had announced women engaged in saree embellishing work would also join.

The agitation of Surat Textile Traders which started from June 15, in Surat against GST was to hold this rally on Thursday but postponed it to Saturday. On Friday the GST Sangharsh Samiti members met union minister of state for road transport and highway Mansukh Mandaviya who assured them that he would take their questions to the GST Council. He, however, ruled out exempting of the GST of 5 per cent from MMF.

Police lathi charge on textile traders who were staging a protest against GST in Surat on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Mandaviya had requested them to call off the rally, but the agitating body had said it would continue till their issues were addressed.

The rally covered each and route which leads to each textile markets on Ring road and finally culminated from where it started. Entire rally was peaceful, not a single untoward incident had taken place in Textile market areas on Ring Road in Surat.

With such large number of textile traders gathered on Ring Road, Surat police had diverted the traffic to other routes. Surat police had deployed videographers at different locations to get a view of each and every person so that those who wanted to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere could be caught and dealt strictly.

After the rally completed, the delegations of textile traders went to Surat district collector office and handed him the memorandum demanding that no GST be levied on the textile trading segment.

Textile traders chant slogans during a protest against GST in Surat on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

Talking to the Indian Express Gaurav Shrimali, a textile trader and secretary of Youth Brigade wing, said, “The Government might have understood the unity of textile trader seeing the participation of a large number of people in the rally. This is our unity and we don’t want GST. We worked hard for last five days, as since last few days, we use to organise different program in the market area to continue the agitations. We have made different WhatsApp groups, wherein all the textile traders are covered and we have told them to come and participate in the rally. All the textile traders are registered with the presidents of different textile markets, so it was easy for us to cover such large number of people. We have collected data lists containing mobile numbers of traders, from the president of 165 textile markets.”

Police lathi charge on textile traders who were staging a protest against GST in Surat on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Surat GST Sangharsh Samithi president Tarachand Kasat said, “The success credit goes to the youth brigade wing people of textile traders. The indefinite strike called by textile traders will continue in coming days till our demands are meted out. The textile traders of Delhi and other parts of the country have also supported Surat traders and they have also kept their shops closed. We have made representations to the district collector and hope that Central Government would come out with some possible solution or else in coming days we will also give some shocking programs in a peaceful way.

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    Fashion Webz (FashionWebz)
    Jul 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    Govt have to review GST on Indian Cloth. I hope decision will take as soon as possible.
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      Ashok Kumar
      Jul 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm
      Their grievances are seen nowhere in the news?
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        HOMER
        Jul 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm
        Seems crooks and congressmen (I'm being redundant) are in majority in Surat!
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          Amit
          Jul 10, 2017 at 10:06 am
          Therefore rioters and BJPmen (I'm being redundant) have won elections in Surat since the 1990s.
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          surrendra
          Jul 9, 2017 at 11:11 am
          we business traders are not bothered about what ever rate gst may be charged ,its the end user who pay, we traders are only link between end user and govt. but we are only concerned with procedure of filing the returns, term and conditions of gst. are we do business or just sit before the computer all the time to keep matching the returns three times a month, a trader cannot go out of station between 10 th and 20 th of every month with the tenstion of filing the returns with no human mistakes. as per gst. but were is ONE NATION ONE TAX , ITS 7 TAXES, IN REAL TERM ITS NOT TO BE CALLED GST.
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            HOMER
            Jul 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm
            If you don't know how to calculate taxes you pay an accountant. If he cannot you pay for a chartered accountant. If he cannot understand you go to the tax authorities for an advance opinion. If after all.that you don't understand then why are you even bothering to go into business? You are best qualified to work under someone else who understands n
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            rick patel
            Jul 9, 2017 at 3:41 am
            Baniyas and gujjus very angry at modi..thet voted for him and he is not allowing them to steal and evade tax anymore. Only Adani and Ambani and few other corporates to get benefit now.
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              HOMER
              Jul 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm
              Mian obviously your madarassa has not informed you about Ambani and his connections with kangress that began long before sonia claimed to be Indian. Ambani used to say the government is in his back pocket ! But then if madarassa were educated civilized people of intellect, we wouldn't have TERRORISTS!
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                Dalbir
                Jul 10, 2017 at 1:27 am
                Homerji looks like you are an H1B reject. Only Nepal is left for you. That great and prosperous country where no terrorism but only Maoism happens. Modi has completely removed black money with demonetization. Now GST and Swiss money at Rs 15, lakh per account will happen. All those traders supported BJP and now after the demonstration they will thanks to the EVM still support the BJP. India is great. There is no difference between lies and the truth. Modiji ka kamaal.
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              A
              Jul 9, 2017 at 3:26 am
              In USA, even the students have to pay tax if he is getting any assistance. When we need money for infrastructure development everybody has to Contribute. If the infrastructure development is of low quality, then one can question the government. In a country with 130 cr people hardly 1 to 1.5 cr people come under tax net
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                L
                Jul 9, 2017 at 3:15 am
                All protesters are Anti-Nationals and not Aunty(Smriti-IRANI) Nationals. Modi should order a bullet train to send them all to P a k i s t a n
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                  Truth
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 1:48 am
                  With no credible Opposition, we now have a deadly combination of Gujju-thugs in power -----Modi-Shah-Urjit-Joti-----All protesters therefore need to keep calm and withdraw their protests !!!
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                    HOMER
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm
                    Yet the truth is that protests breakout freely and REGULARLY and no oppression was forthcoming as under the kangress! So your claims are probably laughed at by even your own family!
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