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Bharat Bandh on February 26

Bharat Bandh on February 26

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called for a Bharat Bandh. Their call has been answered by nearly 40,000 trade associations. These associations represent eight crore traders of the country.

On February 26, there will be a bandh all over the nation on a massive scale. The reason behind the calling of this bandh is multifold. Firstly, they want a review of the existing provisions of the goods and services tax (GST) regime.

The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) is also supporting CAIT in the Bharat bandh. AITWA is demanding the abolition of the new E-Way Bill, or at the very least, get rid of some rules.

Furthermore, it wants the government to scrap the E-Way Bill and track vehicles using FASTag connectivity to E-Invoice. They also want the government to get rid of the penalty on transporters for any time-based compliance target of transit.

Another reason for the bandh is diesel prices. They want the prices to be all the same across the country.

AITWA National President Mahendra Arya stated that all state-level transport associations are supporting the bandh. They are strongly protesting the hiked fuel prices and want to abolish new E-way bill laws introduced by the Government of India.

He added that the newly added E-invoice is more than enough to prevent tax evasion and as such, there is no need for the E-way bill.

Adding to their demands, he said that diesel prices have to be reduced. They want the government to discuss with the transport industry to regulate it in the future.

On Sunday, CAIT has penned an official letter directly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding several issues. These include the GST regime and the alleged violation of e-commerce rules by some e-tailers.

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