Dr Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade (CAMIT) called upon Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to submit a memorandum seeking his intervention in the matter of 5 per cent GST being made applicable on pre-packed and labelled food grains like pulses, flour, cereals
and other edible items. He said tax on subsistence consumption is against the ethos of welfare State.
Dr Agrawal informed Fadnavis that resentment among the farmers, business community and citizens is alike. There is confusion all over. Traders will be burdened with GST compliance. Farmers fear reduction in realisation. Citizens who are already facing the heat of inflation fear further dent in their household budget. He requested Fadnavis to intervene in the matter and to use his good office with Union Government / GST Council to impress them to revisit and recall the decision to levy 5 per cent GST on pre-packed and labelled food grains instead of levy of GST on branded food grains.