New Delhi, June 29, 2017: Amid Textile Unions of India protesting against the tax slabs, two groups related to Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) has raised concerns over the impacts of Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform. A delegation lead of by the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has petitioned the PMO’s house, raising voice, while Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) on Wednesday stated that the GST “may cause a host of problems” for small-scale industries.
According to a report published in Indian Express, the co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch said that ” small scale industries would be put at a loss vis-a-vis their competitors from big industry and businesses”.
He also said, “While deciding about the rates of GST, due care has not been taken to keep rates low for commodities being produced by SSIs”.
Meanwhile talking to Indian Express BMS president C K Saji Narayanan said “There are several cess-based welfare schemes in nine sectors for building and construction workers, beedi workers, ores and minerals workers. These schemes will be affected once the cess is withdrawn after GST is implemented. These schemes benefit crores of workers, and it will be disastrous for them if the cess is withdrawn,”
In a media statement, the BMS claimed that it was assured during the meeting that “workers need not panic about the loss of funding to welfare scheme”, and that a “detailed clarification will be given by the government”.