District members of the Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaippu have called on the Central and State governments to simplify procedures for filing documents for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
A resolution on this and other major demands were passed a meeting held today ahead of the 36th. Traders Day function on May 5, at Chennai.
Earlier in the day the organisation in the press release from Chennai had noted that the ruling and opposition party leaders had promised in the last Traders Day itself that they would consider the demand for GST rate reduction, tax reduction for essential and domestic goods. But so far the demand has not been fulfilled.
The Salem traders also passed another resolution in which they wanted the Food Standards and Safety Act rules to be amended. The annual permit renewal for small scale business must be done away and one time permit must be implemented. The act provides for imposing fine on small traders from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000. The traders have demanded that the entire fine should be scrapped. Municipal Corporations have raised the rent for traders by 100 percent. This must be reduced as it has hit the traders badly.
The new government to be formed in the Centre should implement pension scheme for traders who reach 60 years of age and also provide medical insurance, the traders demanded.
(Centre for Community Media)()