Textile traders down shutters against VAT

Textile shops remained closed on Thursday in Hyderabad. . —Photo: Mohammed Yousuf  

An estimated one lakh textile trades across the State on Thursday downed shutters to focus attention on their demand of withdrawing Value-Added Tax (VAT) on textiles. Of this, about 15,000 traders located in the State capital participated in the protest, taking out a rally for about three km from Tobacco Bazaar in Secunderabad.

President of the A.P. Federation of Textiles Association Prakash Ammanabolu said Andhra Pradesh was the only State that levied VAT and regretted that the government here was not taking their demand seriously enough. The agitators met Secunderabad MP Anjan Kumar Yadav and submitted a memorandum. They were scheduled to meet Minister for Textiles Gaddam Prasad Kumar on Friday morning.

Mr. Prakash said they had sought an appointment with Chief Minister. “Based on his response to our just demand, our executive committee will meet to decide the future course of action,” he said.