Bharat Bandh: Commercial Establishments, Markets Remain Shut Across Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The peaceful agitation has been called as a protest against the new e-way bill and the Goods and Services Tax (GST). However road transport services across the State remained normal.

Odisha Traders’ Association, that lend support to the “bandh” informed that shops will remain closed for 12 hours from 6 AM to 6 PM in a way to express resentment. Traders’ bodies in Cuttack have also extended their support to the Bharat Bandh called by CAIT. The traders’ body in the Millennium City are observing the Bandh in protest of Goods and Services Tax (GST), arbitrariness of e-commerce and FSSAI rules.

According to reports, security in the State capital has been tightened during the Bandh.

It is worth mentioning that nearly 40, 000 trade associations, representing as many as eight crore traders in the country, have extended their support to the nationwide Bandh.

The traders body has alleged violation of e-commerce rules by major e-tailers.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the organisation has called for setting up a central working group comprising senior officials, CAIT representatives and independent tax experts to review the GST structure.