Srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCC&I) on Monday, convened a meeting of its members connected with the handicraft activity at Residency Road, Srinagar, to assess the impact and anguish caused to the stakeholders by implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state .
The handicraft workmen included the artisans of carpet, shawl, crewel works, woodcarving, chain stitch and Papier Machie.
Reportedly, the meeting was attended by a large number of members, artisans, weavers, manufacturers, and dealers of all items of handicrafts.
All the participants in the meeting expressed ‘in one voice, anguish’ over the implementation of GST in the state.
They feel that “the GST has its grave implications on the day to day handicraft business of Lakhs of people connected to the trade, and that the Government has deceived them in this regard by not fulfilling its promises and utterances.”
After detailed discussion on the ‘adverse’ impact of the GST on Kashmiri handicrafts affecting “one and all, right from the artisan/weaver to the dealer,” it was decided that the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCC&I) should use all the resources at its command to ensure that the GST in the case of J&K State is “rolled back” and “fiscal autonomy” of the state is restored without any more loss of time.
“It was expressed in clear terms that the people of J&K in general shall in no case compromise on the fiscal autonomy of the State.”
The meeting was presided over by the Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, President, KCC&I and several past Presidents of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry were also present besides the heads of other handicraft organizations/association affiliated with the KCC&I.