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The Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal has called for an all-India protest against the 5% GST on critical food goods.

According to the organization, 7,300 agricultural produce market committees (APMCs), 13,000 pulse mills, 9,600 rice mills, 8,000 flour mills, and 30 million retail enterprises would protest and remain closed in opposition to the application of GST on pre-packaged and marked food goods.

The GST Council has ruled that pre-packaged and labeled food goods (excluding frozen) like meat, fish, curd, paneer, and honey will henceforth be subject to a 5% GST. If unbranded commodities such as flour and rice are pre-packaged and labeled, they will also be subject to a 5% GST. At the moment, only branded versions of these products are subject to 5% GST.

The Confederation of All India Dealers (CAIT) stated earlier this month that the decision to collect 5% GST will lead foodgrain traders to lose business, increase the compliance burden, and boost the prices of unbranded everyday goods.

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