Protest over 5% GST on repacked food: Kerala traders to observe July 18 as ‘Black Day’

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Thiruvananthapuram: Protesting over the union government’s decision to slap 5 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on repacked and relabelled food items, the Kerala unit of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) will observe July 18 as ‘Black Day’.

According to CAIT state secretary general SS Manoj, the traders’ body has chosen July 18 for observing the protest as GST council is slated for council meet on the same day.

He added that CAIT will organize extensive campaigns among the traders against anti-people tax recommendations.

The union government in its 47th GST Council meeting decided to stop allowing exemptions on repacked/relabelled food items such as wheat flour, cereals, papad, paneer, curd, buttermilk and dried leguminous vegetables. Until now, only branded food was taxed. The move to tax repacked and relabelled food will burden commoners and traders, claim critics.

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