Waiver of the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on handloom was the prime and uniform demand of weavers from Dindigul, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar and Madurai who participated in the consultative meeting that was organised by the ministry of textiles and handlooms for weavers of the nine southern districts here.
Weaver K N Mothilal who was the first to raise the issue said that GST has badly affected sale. In his reply, textile and handloom minister O S Manian said that they have already made a representation in this connection to the Union Government and that necessary effort would be taken to bring it to down to zero.
The minister said that industries with a cap of Rs 20 lakh annual production are able to enjoy zero GST. have told the minister that the production in Tamil Nadu easily crosses the mark and even crossed Rs Rs 40 crore some societies where weavers work as a society,” and expressed hope for a favourable solution.
A weaver from Tirunelveli alleged that banks are hesitant to provide loans under Mudra Scheme. Responding to it, the minister and handloom director termed it a rare incident and said that stringent action would be take taken against such banks.
Weavers from Dindigul sought reintroduction of the insurance scheme that has been stopped now. “The Centre would soon soon finalise an even better insurance cover,” the minister responded.