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Bargarh: The Odisha Shilpi Mahasangha today held a press meeting stating about their protest on demanding the exemption of GST on the handicrafts and handloom sector.
The association has decided to hold a state level protest at lower PMG of Bhubaneswar on September 1. It has threatened to intensify the stir if the government doesn’t roll back the tax.
Bijay kumar Meher, Vice President of the Odisha Shilpi Mahasangha, said that the association has been preparing for an intensified state protest since the second week of August.
Pre-GST, the handlooms and handicrafts industry was basically tax exempted with no central tax and a number of states had also given a tax-exempt status to the sector.
Post GST, the finished and raw materials are taxed anywhere between 5% (broom sticks, kites, glass beads) to 18% (animal dye, cotton and jute bags, knitting and sewing needles).