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Cong slams Modi govt for price rise of essential commodities, services

Randeep Surjewala described this as PM’s 'New Year gift' to the consumers already reeling from abnormal rates of petroleum products, edible oil, pulses and vegetables
Randeep Surjewala.
Randeep Surjewala.
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Our Special Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 02.01.22, 12:45 AM

The Congress on Saturday criticised the Narendra Modi government for increasing the cost of more essential commodities and services that would mount pressure on the poor and the middle class in the new year.

While the Congress strongly objected to the increase of GST from 5 per cent to 12 per cent on textile, which has now been deferred till February due to strong opposition, it pointed to the hike in prices of cement, steel, automobiles, shoes, food delivery, transport booking, withdrawal and deposit of money, apart from several fast-moving consumer goods.

Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala described this as Modi’s “New Year gift” to the consumers already reeling from abnormal prices of petroleum products, edible oil, pulses and vegetables.

Arguing that the decision to increase GST from 5 per cent to 12 per cent on apparel costing up to Rs 1,000 per piece has been deferred only because of impending Assembly elections, Surjewala said: “Why was that proposal not abandoned, why deferred? The impact of this decision will take away 15 lakh jobs in main and ancillary units of the textile industry. Over 80 per cent fabric production is done by the unorganised sector and the higher GST will hurt the business of powerloom and handloom weavers. The GST rate on footwear (costing up to Rs 1,000) has also been hiked from 5 per cent to 12 per cent. It is an attack on the poor.”



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