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Handloom, handicraft artisans seek complete waiver of GST

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Notwithstanding the reduction of on the handloom and handicraft sector, discontent artisans today sought complete waiver waiver of on such products.

Handloom and handicraft artisans today participated in a seminar here organised by the Crafts Council of on GST, and demanded withdrawal of the new


"We will take a resolution after the seminar based on the demands from the artisans and will send a representation to the Council," Crafts Council President Kasturi Gupta Menon said.

The Council, it its 23rd meeting on November 10, had cut rate on most handloom and handicraft products, except khadi, to 12 per cent.

Khadi has been exempted from GST, an artisans' body official said.

The rate on these products before the revision varied between 18 per cent and 28 per cent.

There are around nine crore weavers and artisans in the country, and most of them have been affected due to the GST, the official said.

Handloom and handicraft products were exempted in the previous value-added regime.

"Already more than 50 per cent of weavers have switched their profession to running rickshaws (including battery-operated rickshaws) for survival in Shantipur in Hoogly district," an artisan claimed.

Former Central Board of Excise and Customs chairman Sumit Dutt Majumdar said the Guwahati meeting had attempted to correct some flaws affecting the sector.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 18:23 IST
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