The Anantapur District Textile Traders’ Association on Thursday informed that the textile traders in the district were going on an indefinite strike starting on March 9 demanding the government to abolish Vale Added Tax (VAT) on textiles.

Speaking to The Hindu , Vasant Jain, a representative of the Textile Traders’ Association, said that the government was adding to the existing price spiral burdening the people further. Besides this, the government was also discouraging business with higher prices at a time when the business sentiment was already low, he said.

“The prices of the textiles have gone up due to VAT. The business, in general, is dull across the State.

How does the government expect us to survive in such a scenario,” asked Vasant Jain adding that the commercial taxes officials have added to the troubles of the traders given the ambiguity in the government order on VAT, effectively bothering the traders.

On the other hand, the traders complained that the government’s decision to implement VAT on textiles was anti-people and argued that no other State in the country had VAT on textiles.

They appealed to the government to abolish it immediately and save the textile traders and the people.