Suggestions about GST on Textile
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The Textile Sector in India ranks second after Agriculture in terms of employment generation. Textile is one of India’s oldest industries and has a formidable presence in the national economy. Textile is one of the essential commodities, after food. Textile weaving & trade has employed (self-employed as well as wage earners) millions of people in India. Textile is the backbone of India’s Industry &Trade, is largest foreign exchange earner, next to agriculture in employment & Gross Domestic Products.
Textile Industry is providing one of the most basic needs of people and the holds importance; maintaining sustained growth for improving quality of life. It has a unique position as a self-reliant industry, from the production of raw materials to the delivery of finished products, with substantial value-addition at each stage of processing; it is a major contribution to the country's economy.
Since freedom No VAT/No Sales Tax was applied on textile because 10% of population or 36% of Self Employed persons directly or indirectly involved in this industry. Except for few Corporate, they do not have any primary education, and work on their own instinct and experience. Considering such complex system of records keeping in GST structure these self employed and job generating sector will be hit hard. Present Government which has worked so hard to create and generate jobs in last three years with many innovative schemes should not ignore this loss of jobs due to these uneducated unskilled but good number of job creating sector.
We are very much sure that the present Government will not like such a big job loss of self employed businessmen for whom there is no alternative other than Textile. We request you to exempt fabric from GST, instead you may levy 18% GST on polyester fiber and polyester oriented yarn (poy) which are currently charged at 12% Excise Duty, to cover the revenue loss, if any.
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