Textile traders, who had been agitating for 20 days against imposition of Value Added Tax on textiles, called off their stir on Thursday following an assurance from the government.

They announced that their decision after an assurance was given by Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, T.G.Venkatesh and G.Prasad Kumar here on Wednesday.

The A.P. Federation of Textile Associations president Ammanabolu Prakash told The Hindu that the demand of the textile traders came up for discussion in the meeting and the Chief Minister was convinced to withdraw the VAT on textiles. “The three Ministers assured us that an official announcement would follow shortly,” he said.

The decision to withdraw the agitation was not unanimous, going by the differences that cropped up among the textile traders at the State-level textile traders meeting held at Rajahmundry. Traders from three out of 23 districts insisted that the agitation should continue till a GO was issued. But the decision of the majority prevailed.

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