SIMA Seeks PM’s Help For Job Work Issues
The GST Council’s decision of considering any rate revision only after three months would paralyse the decentralized garment/madeup segments that predominantly function with the jobwork, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) said.
“Garment/madeup sector, the largest employment provider in the entire textile value chain was hoping that the GST Council would include jobwork relating to garmenting/madeups under the service tax list of 5 per cent GST rate in its 17th meeting,” SIMA chairman M. Senthilkumar in a press release said.
“The MMF yarn spinning sector also was hoping for reduction of GST on man-made fibre and its blended spun yarn from 18 per cent to 12 per cent as the spinning sector was opting for optional zero rate Cenvat route and paying 12.5 per cent Central Excise duty all along for MMF,” he said.
More than 80 per cent of the garment/madeups manufacturing units are in the decentralised sector and undertake jobwork. Senthilkumar said these units would become unviable with 18 per cent service tax on the jobwork when compared to vertically integrate manufacturing units.
Senthilkumar viewed with such a decision synthetic spinning sector making several thousands of units would also be closed throwing several lakhs of people out of jobs.
He said that the industry is very much willing to extend its fullest cooperation to the government for the successful implementation of GST and ensure revenue gain on the whole. The association appealed to the prime minister and finance minister to consider including garment and madeup segments related jobworks under 5 per cent list of service tax that are currently being exempted from it and also reduce the GST rate on man-made fibre and its blended yarn from 18 per cent to 12 per cent at the next GST Council meeting scheduled on June 30.
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