The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called for a Bharat Bandh on February 26 seeking a review of provisions of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and a reduction in fuel prices.
CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said, “All commercial markets across the country will remain closed and protest dharnas will be organised in different cities of all states.”
The Bharat Bandh and chakkajam call of CAIT has been supported by around 40,000 trade associations that represent eight crore traders across the country. Notably, the call for Bharat Bandh has been also supported by All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA).
Millions of traders, transporters and tax professionals supported by over 40,000 organisations have united to make tomorrow’s #BharatBandh & #chakkajaam called by @CAITIndia & @aitwa a grand success, to protest against the complexities, anomalies & draconian provisions in #GST pic.twitter.com/jV9D8zSCYp
— Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) (@CAITIndia) February 25, 2021
The organisation has also requested the government to abolish E-Way Bill and track vehicles by using FASTag connectivity to E-Invoice and to scrap the penalty on transporters for any time-based compliance target of transit and make diesel prices uniform across the country.
AITWA National President Mahendra Arya said, “All state level-transport associations have confirmed their support to AITWA in this one-day non-operation of transport in protest of the fuel price hike and scrapping of new E-way bill laws introduced by the government of India.”
“AITWA demands abolishing the E-way bill as the newly introduced E-invoice is good enough for preventing tax evasion. Vehicles may be tracked by the government using FASTag connectivity to E-invoice. Transporters should not be subject to any penalty by the government for any time-based compliance target of transit,” said Arya.
“Diesel prices should be reduced and mechanisms need to be discussed and created with the Transport Industry for future regulation. Diesel prices should be equalized across the length and breadth of the nation,” Arya added.
CAIT wrote to PM Modi
CAIT wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday raising issues related to the GST regime, and alleging violation of e-commerce rules by major e-tailers.
In its letter to the prime minister, CAIT called for the setting up of a “special working group” at the central level comprising senior officials, CAIT representatives and independent tax experts to review the GST structure and make recommendations to the government. It also suggested that a “District GST working Group” may be constituted in each district to monitor smooth GST implementation and to take steps for the widening of the tax base and augmentation of revenue.
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