Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met representatives of Surat's textile industry and assured them that the Centre will look into their grievances. Surat textiles industry body made a presentation to the Finance Minister seeking ease in procedures related to GST.
The Minister said the textile industry in Surat is "very positive about government's economic policies and supports GST." He added the industry has demanded that the procedures should be made simpler, especially for small textile industry, and he has invited their representatives to meet relevant officials in Delhi to resolve their issues. "I am happy that the textile industry of Surat, which is very progressive and which has made a name for itself in the entire world are very positive about government's economic policies and are in support of GST," Jaitley said.
"They expect the procedures should be made simpler, especially for small textile industry, so that they are not overburdened with procedural compliance. I have invited a small (delegation of) representatives to Delhi and put their facts before the concerned officials. The GST Council is trying for the same and we will also certainly do our best," he announced.
President of Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association Manoj Agarwal, who made representation before Jaitley said, they had told the FM that Surat's textile industry is badly hurt due to GST and asked him to address their problems. He said they want GST but are not able to follow GST rules.