Several wholesale markets shut to protest VAT regime

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Kanpur, Jan 8 (UNI) About half a dozen wholesale markets remained closed in protest against implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) regime here today.

''Several wholesale markets, including grain, medicine, canvas, utensils and pulses, remained closed to protest VAT regime,'' Kanpur Udyog Vyapar Mandal (a trader's body) general secretary Manikant Jain told UNI.

He said traders would go on an indefinite strike after the general body's meeting, which was called for tomorrow.

The utensil market traders held a dharna in Sutakhar Khana area at their product's market in protest.

The agitating traders urged the state government to withdraw VAT on utensils without any further delay.

The grain markets at Collectorgunj and Naubasta remained closed since January 1. The medicine market and canvas manufacturer also put down their shutters in protest.

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