Textile sector

A looming crisis

Print edition : September 15, 2017

Textile traders and workers block a road during a strike they organised in Surat in July 2017. Photo: PTI

Tarachand Kasat, president of the GST Sangharsh Samiti at the Millennium Textile Market. Traders believe they have been let down by a government which they helped bring to power. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Amit Rai plans to shut his business as soon as he can sell his old stock. He says there is no future in man-made fibre as the profits are marginal. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Gurumukh Kunjwani, president of the Millennium Market Traders Association, says: “The festival season is upon us. Our orders are a third of what usually goes out during this period owing to the strike.” Photo: Anupama Katakam

Even as India’s status as Asia’s largest producer of man-made fabric faces stiff challenge from China, the sudden induction of the hitherto tax-free textile sector into the GST regime has devastated traders and workers alike in the textile town of Surat.
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