Bharat Bandh Highlights: Trade unions staged a nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Friday, demanding a review of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. They claim the amendments to the law regime are “complicated”, “regressive” and “draconian”. More than eight crore traders from some 40,000 business organisations joined the strike by keeping their establishments closed.
Lakhs of trucks also took part by staying off the roads. The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA), an apex body representing around one crore road transporters in India, had announced its decision to join the protest a day earlier. The AITWA is demanding the E-Way Bill to be replaced with e-invoice and immediate reduction in fuel prices.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the farmers’ union spearheading the protests at Delhi’s borders, also appealed to farmers to participate in a peacefully manner in the strike.
Essential services will remain functional through the day, including medical, milk and vegetable shops.
Some of the other prominent organisations taking part in the bandh are All India FMCG Distributors Association, Federation of Aluminium Utensils Manufacturers Association, Northern India Spices Traders Association, All India Cosmetic Manufacturers Association, All India Women Entrepreneurs Association and All India Computer Dealers Associations.