Bandh on GST effective in state; traders down shutters

An effective bandh – that saw almost entire trading community in all major cities of MP – down their shutters preceded the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout in country that is being touted as an historic midnight event akin to the night of Indian independence.

-Team Absolute|Bhopal

An effective bandh – that saw almost entire trading community in all major cities of MP – down their shutters preceded the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout in country that is being touted as an historic midnight event akin to the night of Indian independence.

While union government made grand preparation for the rollout on midnight intervening June 30 and July 1, fuming traders held protests across the state, mostly in peaceful manner. They even went for blood donation in Indore and wore black badges.

The traders are terming the provisions and processes of GST as impractical and too stringent.

The bandh was almost totally successful in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur.

BHOPAL: The Bhopal Chamber of Commerce supported the bandh in Bhoapl. The emergency things like milk and vegetables and medicine shops were exempted from the Bandh, but most of the other wholesale and retail shops remained closed throughout. Transporters and hotels also kept their businesses closed.

The traders staged a protest at Chowk and also held a rally later.

Vice-president of confederation of All India Traders Radheyshyam Maheshwari said that the organization was with government on GST. There were some practical issues about implementation but they could be resolved in time. He also said that those traders engaged in demonstration simply wanted to grab some publicity and attention.

INDORE: The Bandh was successful in Indore too. All the medicine shops, petrol pumps, eateries and even pulses mills remained closed. The sweetmeat traders gathered at Rajwada square and donated blood. Cloth market traders wore black bands. Traders would start chain hunger strike from July 2.

Vehicle rally was held in Gwalior, which started from Chamber of Commerce office and went through almost all important parts of the city.

The bandh had big impact in Ujjain where traders kept the entire market completely closed. They also held a rally. In Khanwa Budhwara Market, Bombay Market, Sarafa Bazar, Town hall market and others remained closed. A rally was taken out here too. Dewas also witnessed rally and demonstration during bandh

‘Would not impact state’s health’

The commercial tax and finance minister Jayant Malaiya however assured that GST would not adversely impact the financial health of the state. “As Madhya Pradesh is a consuming state, it is only set to benefit from the tax regime. As for the opposition by the traders, I am always ready to help them,” he said.

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