The Centre Government might be scoring high on the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country but the new tax regime has come up as a nightmare for the villagers of Jamsher Dairy Complex in Jalandhar.
Protesting 5 percent GST on the leather industry, the Hide Business merchants have refused to pick up dead milch animals from the dairy complex, hence putting the lives of villagers at risk.
For the last five days, the villagers of Chittewani and nearby villages were living in acute stinking smell of dead milch animals ie calves, which were thrown by the dairy owners in a pond nearby. The villagers approached the Hide Business owners to pick the dead animals but they refused citing protest against GST.
Kamaljit Kaur, the sarpanch of Chittewani village said that after leather industry merchants refused to send their labourers to pick the dead dairy animals, the dairy owners were left with no option but to throw them in the pond.“Stray dogs were roaming around the dairy complex to feed on the dead milch animals. They preferred to throw them in the pond, so as to keep dogs at bay”, she said.
“Stinking smell and stray dogs on the dairy complex made it difficult for the villagers to commute. Moreover, it was rainy season, the bodies of the animals thrown in the pond were swollen, leading to stinking smell in the area”, she added.MLA Pargat Singh assured the villagers that the dead animals would be lifted by Monday morning. Leather industry is against centre government for imposing 5 per cent GST on hide business.
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