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Hakeem Yaseen concerned over levying GST on food items, other essentials

Post by on Thursday, July 21, 2022

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Srinagar, July 29: Chairman People's Democratic Front ( PDF ) and former Minister Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen Wednesday expressed serious concern over levying of GST on food items , terming the decision as  killing for poor and middle class sections of the society .He  has urged the government to roll back the decision immediately.
In a statement, Hakeem Yaseen has  taken  strong exception to the levying of  5 percent GST on rice, wheat, milk ,and other essentials. He said the decision would severally affect the poor who were already living a miserable life under the stress of neck braking  dearness and price inflammation in the market. "  GST on essential commodities of daily consumption and on hospital rooms will compound sufferings of the people," Hakeem Yaseen said while urging the government to roll back the decision immediately. He said after a manifold increase in the prices of cooking gas and  fuel , the government has now hiked  prices of  basic food items, which was great injustice with the people .He said levying of GST on common food items shall have serious implications on common Mann's budget.
PDF Chairman said government cannot absolve from its responsibility about failure to provide essential commodities to the people on affordable prices. " Poor people want respite from skyrocketing dearness in the market, not government narrative and fiscal  technicalities like  packaged and pre-packaged food items ," Hakeem Yaseen observed adding that in both the cases , it was  essential food items , that have been brought under the GST regime .
Hakeem Yaseen said that his party had from day one, opposed imposition of the new tax regime GST in Jammu and Kashmir but the previous governments didn't paid any heed to to our pleas and   to appease their bosses at the centre, extended ambit of the  new tax regime to our State.  He said levying 5 percent GST even on unbranded packed rice, wheat, milk, curd and other daily essentials will severely affect the poor and middle class people t . " Even hospital and the hotel sectors have not been spared from GST ," Hakeem Yaseen said adding that the move shall have negative affect on the tourism industry.

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