Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 9
The Food Processing Industries Association has sought waiver off taxes from achhar and murabba in the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) framework.
The Punjab Beopar Cell, general secretary, Ajay Arora, said, 18 per cent tax was proposed under the GST on traditional achhar (pickle) and murabba.
He said such heavy tax slab on traditional ready to eat items would jack up its price, which would make these out of reach for the common people.
Arora said, “Across the globe, food processing is considered a sunrise sector because of its large potential for growth and socio-economic impact under the GST regime.”
“A higher GST on murabba and achhar has surprised and disappointed us,” he added.
The Amritsar Murabba Achhar Units Association president, Pomesh Taneja, said, “Pickles are basic part of meal of a common man. Murabba comes under Unani recipe. It provides care and cure at affordable price. It is ancient cuisine and a proven therapy for ages.” He added that it should be promoted.
He feared that imposition of the GST would substantially reduce its demand, which would lead to closure of many units and increase unemployment.
While elaborating that it was a part of food processing industry, which was entirely agro-based, he said raw material was purchased in cash and directly from farmers. He said the decision would adversely impact the farming community.
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