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Erode textile exporters on war path to meet finance minister in a day or two

Representatives of Erode Handloom Cloth Merchants Association are likely to meet finance minister Arun Jaitley soon to reiterate their demand to withdraw 5 per cent GST on textile goods. "If it doesn't bring about a positive outcome, we will go on an indefinite stir," they said.

Speaking to reporters after the association's general council meeting here on July 2, its president R Ravichandran said the finance ministry's decision to levy 5 per cent GST for textile goods would affect the trade and consumers would also be hit.

The association had already sent an elaborate representation to the finance ministry seeking exemption from GST, but the finance ministry declined to act on it he said. Ravichandran said Jaitley has promised to meet them either on Monday or Tuesday.

"If the finance minister exempts us from GST, we will continue our trade, failing which we will go on an indefinite strike from July 5 in Erode district," he said.

The prospect of amicable settlement appears bleak in the light of finance minister Jaitley's assertion no trade can browbeat the government demanding concessions on GST.

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