GST row: Kashmir trade, business establishments shut in protest

Srinagar

All shops and business establishments were closed and transport was off roads in Kashmir after traders and transporters called for a shutdown on the Goods and Service Tax (GST) issue.

As Jammu and Kashmir enjoys ‘special status’ in the Indian Constitution through Article 370, traders, transporters and opposition parties have raised objections with regard to the implementation of the GST in the state.

However, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has claimed that the ‘special status won’t be diluted in any case’.

The state government has called for a special session from July 4 to July 8 where the GST Bill will be debated and is expected to be passed.

The Kashmiri Traders and Manufactures Association sat on protest against the one nation one tax policy under GST .They were demanding a separate GST tax for Jammu and Kashmir.

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