On 26 February 2021 (Friday), the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) will observe Bharat Bandh against the rising fuel prices, the latest e-way bill, and taxes on goods and services (GST), among other things.
The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA), an apex body of the Indian Road Transport Industry, extended support to the Confederation of All India Traders’s call for Bharat Bandh on 26 February against Goods and Services Tax (GST) and hold ‘Chakka Jam’ on the same day, or road blockade.
“All state level-transport association have confirmed their support to AITWA in this one-day non-operational of transport in protest of fuel price hike and scrapping of new E-way bill laws introduced by Government of India. The nature of the movement is to reject booking and movement of all E-Way Bills oriented goods for one day. All transport companies are asked to park their vehicles between 6 am to 8 pm as a symbolic protest. All transport godowns will display the protest banner. All customers approached by transport companies to not book or load any goods on February 26th, 2021,” said national president of AITWA, Mahendra Arya.
One of the many demands of the protestors is a review of the GST scheme and the simplification of the tax slabs. The CAIT said the GST Council had never replied to the Confederation’s repeated statements and messages.
“We highly regret such a dismal attitude and picture of the GST which has compelled the trade union leaders attending the conference to call for a Bharat Trade Bandh,” the statement read.
The e-way bill is the permit to be carried by transporters when transferring goods from one place to another. From 100 km to 200 km per day, the recent amendment to the GST law reduced the validity of the e-way bill.
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