GST deceitful tactic to erode Article 370: Trade bodies

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, trade associations have announced to conduct a march towards Secretariat in Srinagar on Saturday against Indian conspiracies to dilute Article 370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, by extending Goods and Service Tax (GST) to the occupied territory.

Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) and Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) in their separate statements called for the march and protest demonstrations against India’s anti-Kashmir plan.

“All stakeholders should observe complete shutdown on Saturday to protest implementation of GST which is a direct attack on state’s special status,” KTMF said in its statement. The trade body urged all stakeholders to come forward and lodge their protest against the deceitful tactic of PDP-BJP regime to erode Article 370. The KTMF called for shutdown on June 17, the day the puppet regime has called a special session of the Assembly to discuss implementation of GST.

Kashmir Economic Alliance in its statement said, “Our amalgam has called for Secretariat Gherao on Saturday. We would also organize protest march from Press Enclave to Secretariat on Monday to lodge our protest against the implementation of GST.”

“Extension of 101st Amendment Act of the Indian Constitution to J&K would erode state’s fiscal autonomy,” it said urging the puppet regime not to take any step in a hurry which could damage the Jammu and Kashmir’s special position.

While the Chamber of Commerce and Industries-Kashmir (CCIK) questioned the assurance given by the authorities that extension of GST would not affect the Article 370.

Kashmir Traders’ Federation said the local authorities should not compromise on Article 370 for financial gains. “The implementation of the GST could turn out to be a huge burden for the Valley-based traders,” the body said in a statement.

The trade bodies have decided to strongly resist Indian move to extend GST to Jammu and Kashmir from July 1.

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