Textile traders to down shutters today

An estimated 75,000 textile traders/shops, big and small, across Andhra Pradesh are expected to down shutters on Wednesday protesting against levy of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on textiles and notifying textiles as ‘sensitive commodities’.

From February 28, they will stop buying goods from other States and bringing them into the State, said Ammanabolu Prakash, president, A.P. Federation of Textile Associations, at a press conference here on Tuesday. He said that for the past several months, they had been agitating with the sole demand of withdrawal of VAT because A.P. was the only State to impose it.

When traders brought textiles from other States, they should necessarily have the A.P. State Waybill, he said, adding that in other States, no such rule was in place. Classifying textiles as ‘sensitive commodities’ was indirectly forcing traders to register under the A.P. VAT Act, because waybills were issued only to those who were registered under the Act and had a TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number), Mr. Prakash said.

Others present were vice-president Santosh Chokhani and Secretary N. Sangameshwar.

From February 28, traders to stop buying goods from other States and also bring them into the State