A majority of the sweet shops in Bengal operate on small scale and are facing difficulty in buying computers and software to calculate and print bills. After shutting business for a day, sweetmeat makers and sellers have planned a four-day hunger strike in Kolkata.
Sweetmeat sellers demanding withdrawal of the goods and services tax (GST) shut shop across West Bengal on Monday, forcing Bengalis to curb their legendary appetite for items such as the Rosogolla and Misti doi.
A leader of an organisation representing one lakh-odd sweet shops said the day-long strike is the start of an agitation against GST which has allegedly adverse impacted the business.
The Centre rolled out the GST on July 1, abolishing several taxes with a nationwide single levy, hailed as the biggest tax reform in India since Independence.
Source: Hindustan Times