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Textiles Min Smriti Irani Attends Modi’s Anniversary Celebration Programme And Skips Meeting With Industry Representatives In Surat

Irani said she was there to attend the party’s programme.

During her recent visit to Surat on Friday, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani skipped meeting industry representatives, who are reeling under the effects of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Irani said she was there to attend the party’s programme.

Irani’s one-day visit to Surat was to propagate the achievements of Narendra Modi government in last four years, a GoNews report said.

According to a TOI report, the power loom weaving industry had urged the Union government to conduct a detailed survey on the impact of Goods and Services Tax (GST). They have sought for a refund of input tax credit (ITC) to which the Central government has not agreed.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the industry leaders mentioned the negative impact the GST had on weavers. More than 50,000 workers have lost their jobs in weaving and over 4 lakh have become jobless in the textile value chain in the city.

According to Irani, the Central government has agreed to some of the demands mentioned by the textile sector. These include the increase of 20 per cent duty on the import of silk and 5 per cent GST on job work.

But when she was asked about the refund of ITC to the power loom weaving sector, Irani avoided the question. She said, “If the textile traders and power loom weavers are concerned about the dumping of imported fabric from China, they should gather official details and file a complaint with directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) for action.”

“When there was massive dumping of jute in the country, the manufacturers complained to DGFT and the dumping has stopped. I would urge the textile leaders to approach DGFT for imported fabrics,” Irani added.

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