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TEA wants reduction of GST in ‘job work on apparels’ sector

Covai Post Network

With almost all textile bodies hailing the GST rate for the industry, Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) wanted further reduction in the ‘job work on apparels’ sector.

Thanking the GST Council for timely intervention for reduction of GST rate for job work in textiles in the last meeting, TEA President Raja M. Shanmugham said the Council, unfortunately had not covered the ‘job work on apparels’ within the ambit of this rate reduction and this negative step would likely to cause huge hardship to several micro industries in textile clusters like Tirupur.

In a statement, he said only the services which can be classified as ‘job work in relation to yarn and fabrics of textiles’ alone is eligible for the reduced rate of five per cent.

“Textile clusters like Tirupur, host of job work operations such as garment printing, embroidery, garment washing, tie and dye, checking, button fixing, labeling, ironing and packing are carried out by micro industries on job work basis only and this is in relation to wearing apparel. Some of these processes such as checking, ironing and packing, button fixing are actually carried out by people ‘who take work to their home for job work’, which was also rightly described by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on June 11,” he added.

He said that as the processes are only of B2B nature and since the final product garments is falling under 5 per cent slab, levying 18 per cent on job work will create an inverted duty scenario disturbing the seamless credit flow thereby defeating the very object behind GST.

He emphasized that the laudable intention of removing the hardship for the MSME industry by reducing the GST Rate on job work will not be fully served if only these tiny and micro industries such as those listed are excluded from the benefit of rate reduction and appealed Jaitley to discuss the concerned issue at the ensuing Council meeting on June 18 and to make a suitable amendment / clarification so that his unintended hardship faced by micro and small textile units in Tirupur cluster are duly addressed.

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