In view of the increasing price of petrol and diesel, changes in the GST rules, and the increasing interference of foreign companies in the e-commerce business, businessmen and transporters across the country have called Bharat Bandh Today.
The association of retail traders claims that about 8 crore traders from across the country will participate in today Bharat Bandh’ against GST. Also, more than one crore transporters are also with this band.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAT) has said on a recent amendment to the GST rules and a day-long strike on the arbitrariness of foreign companies in the e-commerce business that traders are plagued by the complex provisions of GST, hence the shutdown has called.
At the same time, this bandh is also supported by the All India Transport Welfare Association (AITWA). However, AITWA’s protest is about the rising price of petrol and diesel and the e-way bill.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) wrote on Twitter,
In this ‘Bharat Bandh’, 8 crore traders from all over the country will participate in the demand to simplify the GST. One crore transporters of AITWA and lakhs of tax professionals will also join this bandh.
Which areas will affect the shutdown
In a statement, Kat has said that all transport companies across the country will remain closed on Friday. Apart from this, he said that national and state level organizations of small scale industries, hawkers, women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs themselves and other fields related to trade will also support the trade-off. The statement said that organizations of chartered accountants and tax lawyers in all states will also support the bandh.
According to AITWA national president Mahendra Arya, all transport companies have been asked to stop serving their vehicles from 6 am to 8 pm. All transport warehouses will put up the Protest Banner here.
CAT National President BC Bhartia and General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal told that about 1500 small and big organizations from all states across the country, including Delhi, will picket on Friday.
Wholesale and retail markets will also be completely closed today. However, shops selling essential commodities have not been included in the shutdown. Also, shops catering to the needs of people in residential areas and colonies will also remain closed. Apart from this, it will not have much effect on the ride car of the common people, because it is only a matter of supporting the vehicles for commercial activities.
What is the resentment over GST?
According to the national president of CAT, BC Bhartia, there are many unilateral amendments in the GST rules on December 22 and after that, there is a great anger among businessmen across the country. By these amendments, the tax authorities have been given unlimited powers, especially now any officer can suspend the GST registration number of any trader for any reason, according to his discretion.
He said that such rules will not only increase corruption but officers will be able to harass any businessman.
United Kisan Morcha also supported the bandh
The farmers, who have been protesting at different borders of Delhi against the three agricultural laws, have also supported the ban of traders. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the farmers, has appealed to the farmers to participate peacefully in Friday’s ‘Bharat Bandh’.