Hatikhana market closed in protest of GST
Traders of the biggest market in central Gujarat went on one day strike in protest of 5 % GST implementation on branded grains and pulses. The Hathikhana Association gives the ultimatum to the government till 30th June to remove the GST from the above products. With the one day strike the market face the loss of 70 crores.
Vadodara Grain Merchant Association president Nimesh Mehta said that the government is ready to implement the GST from 1st July and they are also not spared. The government implement 5% GST on branded grains and pulses which they protest and request the government to take back the decision. They went on one day strike to pressing their demands before the government.
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He further said that grains and pulses are not luxurious items but necessity. With implementation of 5% GST the prices of grains and pulses will increase. They demand to take back the decision and implement the GST on the luxurious items like gold, silver and vehicles.
Nimesh further added that the Hathikhana market is the biggest in Central Gujarat and there are about 500 traders here inside. With the one day strike the retailers will face the loss of 10 crore and the wholesalers will face around 60 crores. The association also gives the ultimatum to the government to take back the decision or else they will go on indefinite strike from the same day.
As the Hathikhana market closed on Thursday the other city trucks laden with items stranded inside the market. The daily wagers working inside the market also suffers due to the strike but they support the strike.