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Respite for the Common Man of India from 28 % GST on plastics goods.

With the announcement of the recommendations for reduction of GST Rates  on various plastics items with effect November 15, 2017 by the GST council in its meeting dated 10th November at Guwahati ,  The Common Man and the Poorest of Poor can heave a sign of relief. Especially so, when  GST on Plastics items of their use like  plastics floorings, plastic fabric, plastics  furniture ,plastic flask ,plastics  sanitary and bath fittings and all miscellaneous plastics products (not specified elsewhere) will be reduced from 28% to 18%.. 


 K .K . Seksaria , President , Plastindia Foundation stated that , the Plastindia Foundation and the entire Indian Plastic Industry welcomes this initiative by the GST Council and expresses its sincere gratitude to the GST Council , Union Finance Ministry, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and  Fertilisers and all the State Governments for removing the anomaly of high GST rates on plastics items of common man's use.


This fair , reformist  and  common man friendly  initiative  will go a long way in bringing more transparency, best business  practices and help not only plastics industry in general and but more particularly the SME’s and MSME’s units who were hit badly by high GST rates on plastics items. It will encourage plastics industry to come forth and be part of a cleaner economic system and contribute to the inclusive growth in the country by making available plastics items of mass consumption to common man at affordable prices.


 Mr. Seksaria further stated that Plastindia Foundation has taken up consistently  and forcefully the issue of anomaly of high GST  rates on plastics items of common man's use and  its impact on thousands of MSME units. To press forward the case of relaxation of tax burden on the Indian Plastic Industry several initiatives including a Press Meet to create public awareness on the high 28 % GST on Plastic goods was held on 1st June' 17 . It was followed by regular  representations to the Prime Minister's office , GST council , Ministry of Finance, DCPC , CBDT , various other relevant ministries of central and state governments ,including a meeting with the Hon. Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley on 24th June by Shri K K Seksaria- President, Plastindia Foundation along with other industrialists from Plastic Industries and  regular meetings with various State Finance Ministries, meetings with Shri Amit Shah, President , BJP  , Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, , Shri Amit Mitra , FM , West Bengal and various other senior ministers and officials of central and state governments . All were very receptive and we got response  that our justified and fair demand is likely to be met in due course .


 The GST Sub Committee of PIF under the chairmanship of  Shri V K Tapariaji  and co chairmanship of  Shri Surender Chowdharyji and Shri Jayesh Rambhiaji did regular follow up and these efforts have finally borne fruit with the reduction of GST  on all remaining plastics items in high GST rate bracket  of 28 % to 18 %. Mr Rajiv Raval Vice President, Mr Raju Desai Treasurer and all Members of Managing Committee of Plastindia Foundation expressed their happiness over this decision of the Government.


 Mr Rajeev Chitalia, former President of PLEXCONCIL said, “the SMEs are relieved as increased tax rates were making them uncompetitive globally. If India has to meet its exports targets of $900 billion by 2022, then Plastics industry has an important role to play. It is important that the players need to be incentivized. SMEs are a backbone of plastics industry. The reduction in GST rates will help them in succeeding in their business better in India as well as abroad.”


 Plastindia Foundation is also thankful to its Founder Members and Associate Members for their valuable inputs to supplement and complement its efforts in this connection. Our effort to Bring Progress to India through Plastics continues and we will always continue to champion the cause of  fair GST rate on plastics items with the Government along with other GST related issues of the industry . Our aim  is to make Plastics a suitable, cost effective and sustainable solution for all common man’s needs and we will continue to make progress on the same through various industry initiatives.


 PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION, is the apex body of various PLASTIC Associations, Institutions, Organisations spread across India and represents the cause of growth of Indian Plastics and maintaining the positive image of Plastics by supporting various industry growth initiatives in both India and abroad. 


PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION is a not for profit organisation and its members are plastics industry representatives  who voluntarily contribute towards various initiatives for the betterment of the Indian Plastics Industry in the service of the nation and its citizens. 

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