On Friday, nationwide shutdown called Bharat bandh will be observed by CAIT, The Confederation of All India Traders, against the several issues like GST (Goods and Services Tax), increased fuel prices, e-way bill among several other issues. Support from almost 8 Crore traders and nearly 40,000 associations has been extended for the CAIT’s Bharat Bandh call.
Support from AITWA, All India Transport Welfare Association, has also been extended with an introduction of “Chakka Jam (road blockage)” on the very same day. A demand for the removal of the e-way bill and several other certain rules has been initiated by both the organizations.
A demand for scraping of certain rules and rolling back of the heavy taxes on diesel especially has been urged by the supporters.
According to CAIT, a statement was recorded that “CGST was one of the most complex taxation systems”. The result of the taxation system brought nothing but misery to the traders. According to a few other allegations the Confederation has also cited that the GST Council has not responded to their statements hence generating a feeling of ignorance for the opinions of the traders. According to them the GST Council has their “own agenda” and they haven’t shown any interest in assisting the traders.
According to the statement by the CAIT, they regret the dismal attitude and the picture of the GST regarding the trade union leader’s opinion which compelled them to take such step of attending the conference to call for a Bharat trade bandh.
An explanation note was also written to the Prime Minister regarding the issues which raised the questions on GST regime and violation of several E-Commerce rules by the e-trailer companies.
Another view was also expressed by them on GST where they expressed that the tax net of GST should be broaden which resulted in the increased revenue for the government. But because of problems like variations, insufficiency and other factors, the tax regime has brought loss in the revenue.
They are demanding for the government to simply the tax regime to the extent that small traders could benefit and comply with GST if they are operating from a remote area.
Mahendra Arya, National President of AITWA, said in his statement that the support of all state level transport Association has been confirmed by AITWA and abolition of the new e-way bill laws and the hike in the fuel prices which were introduced by the centre.
The demand for the abolishing of the new law is demanded since the bill was not good enough to address the woes of the traders. He also said that penalties issued by the government, which are time based compliance target of the transit, should not be subjected to the Transporters.