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GST Council Meeting at Delhi Finance Minister raises demand for exemption on Hand loom and handicrafts from GST purview

GST Council Meeting at Delhi Finance Minister raises demand for exemption on  Hand loom and handicrafts from GST purview

Bhubaneswar, 03/06/2017-(By Debabrat Mohanty)  Sri Sashi Bhusan Behera, Minister, Finance & Excise, Odisha raises demand for exemption on handloom and handicraft products in the GST Council Meeting held at New Delhi today. Minister Sri Behera raised the issues to protect the interest of the weavers and artisans of Odisha. At present handloom products like Sambalpuri, Bomkei, Maniabandha, Tussar sarees manufactured by weavers are exempted from tax. Similarly, handicrafts goods like appliqué, stone works, woodworks, terracota products, patta paintings and tribal crafts are exempted from tax also. In Odisha livelihood of more than 3.5 lakhs weavers and artisans’ families depend on it. Minister Sri Behera proposed to exempt GST on handloom and handicraft sector. Further, Sri Behera proposed the rate of GST on Kendu leaves to be kept on a lower rate of 5% under GST to support the livelihood of millions of kendu leaf pluckers,specially in tribal areas. Sri Tuhin Kant Pandey, Principal Secretary Finance and Sri Saswat Mishra, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes accompanied the Finance Minister in the meeting

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