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Naveen Patnaik today urged Prime Minister to keep handloom and handicraft products from the purview of GST

Bhubaneswar:1/9/17: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to keep handloom and handicraft products from the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the larger interest of the weavers and artisans of the state.

“State Finance Minister had strongly argued in the GST Council that handloom and handicrafts should be kept in the exemption list, it was not agreed to. This is likely to lead to increase in prices of these products, which will adversely affect the livelihood of the poor families depending upon the production of these goods. I would, therefore, urge that the issue needs urgent reconsideration in the GST Council for extending GST exemption on these products in the interest of the weavers and artisans,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notably, over 3.5 lakh people in the state are dependent on handloom and handicrafts to eke out their living.

Worth mentioning, with the introduction of GST with effect from July 1, 2017, handloom fabric and handloom apparels have been made taxable under GST rates of 5% and 12% respectively and handicrafts have been levied a GST rate of 12% or 18% depending upon the type of handicraft.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of Odisha Shilpi Mahasangha met Patnaik at state secretariat and submitted a memorandum containing signatures of nearly 50, 000 artisans and weavers for GST exemption.

 

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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