Statewide “Bharat-Bandh” in HP on call of Vyapar Mandal


    Just a day ahead of the enforcement of historic ‘Goods & Service Tax’ in the Country by Narendra Modi Government, Himachal Pradesh Vyapar Mandal today observed ‘Bharat-Bandh’ as the commercial establishments and shops remained closed in the State. Talking to Himvani, President of Himachal Pradesh Vyapar Mandal Mr. Sumesh Sharma claimed that Bharat bandh was complete baring few places shops and business establishment remained closed.


    The memorandums were submitted to Deputy Commissioner at Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur, Kangra and Mandi other parts of the State and to SDM at Sundernagar and Tehsildar at Nehrchok etc. He said that Bharat bandh was complete in the State and barring the food eateries, tea stall, medicine shops were kept out of the Bharat bandh. In Shimla, only 15 percent of shops were opened till 1300 hrs however all the market opened in the afternoon.


    Mr. Sharma claimed that traders of Shimla Vyapar Mandal also supported the Bharat Bandh call and submitted Memorandum to the DC Shimla. He said that Bharat Bandh was observed from dawn to dusk in the state on the nationwide call of Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal today. Bhartiay Udyog and Vyapar Mandal pointed out that a number of shortcomings are in the implementation of GST regime as memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister and President through the DCs, SDMs and Tehsildar.


    ”We have raised the number of shortcomings in the GST including discrimination of minimum threshold limit for the State of Himachal Pradesh. Those traders who have more than twenty lakh of turnover in the nation to be included in the GST however for the small state like Himachal Pradesh traders having more than ten lakh to pay the GST. ”  Mr. Sharma pointed out. More than nine to ten glaring shortcomings are highlighted in the GST, causing resentment among them, he said.

    ‘GST Act provides some draconian provision to punished the violator’s trader and businessmen who could be jailed if found guilty during the remittance of tax.” state Vyapar Mandal president alleged. ” If any trader purchase material and goods worth Rs 10 lakh from outside state he may have to deposit Rs 1.80 lakh, if local seller failed to deposit same tax on the deal. ” Mr. Sharma said. Any trader of state could be forced to levy 18 percent deduction from their account for none recovery of GST from the local trader outside the state, he asserted.


    Mr. Sharma demanded that traders have to fill more than 37 returns, is a cumbersome process moreover they must have their own computers to file return. The Union Government should make the provisions to also file manual GST return as every trader could not operate or keep the computers as mandated in the new tax system.” he added.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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