Pratap Motwani, Secretary of The Nagpur Wholesale Grains and Seeds Merchants Association and Vice-President of Federation of Trade Associations of Maharashtra has demanded to “withdraw immediately 5 percent GST on branded grains and pulses.”
He said that common people are getting the extra burden of the tax. People are essential items like branded foodgrains and pulses costlier due to the imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
If someone goes to buy packed and registered one kg of tur dal, its price goes to Rs 89.50 after 5 percent of GST, even when it costs Rs 85.
Similarly, on other pulses used by the majority of people like roosted channa (Daliya) etc. also under the tax bracket of 5% GST which is an additional burden on consumers and makes it expensive.
Since independence, it is for the first time that grains and pulses are taxed heavily after the rollout of the new regime of GST. At least branded food items should be exempted from tax.
Packed and registered items have gained consumers trust and faith, and if they come without packing, there is a big chance of adulteration.
He also informed that a delegation of All India Dall Mill Association recently met BJP National Working President J P Nadda, in New Delhi and discussed the issue with him. Nadda had assured to take up the matter with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.