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GST effect: Hundreds of thousands laid off despite growth

Updated : 2018-09-06 11:34:14

Tilak Raj Bathla, 50, owner of a weaving factory, poses for a picture at a closed section of his factory, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Bathla's tiny weaving factory is one of the few still humming.
Tilak Raj Bathla, 50, owner of a weaving factory, poses for a picture at a closed section of his factory, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Bathla's tiny weaving factory is one of the few still humming. "I have a GST (Goods and Services Tax) registration, but I can't work as my vendors and buyers are unable to comply with a complex tax structure," Bathla said, adding his monthly sales had fallen to about 250,000 rupees ($3,511) from about one million rupees before the GST. Only two of his 10 powerlooms are currently being used. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ram Pratap, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a picture inside a weaving factory where he used to work, in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ram Pratap, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a picture inside a weaving factory where he used to work, in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A scrap dealer searches for useful material at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A scrap dealer searches for useful material at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Children of Ram Pratap (L), who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a clerk at a weaving factory, study inside a factory in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. After losing his job as an operator, Pratap started working as a clerk and a caretaker at another weaving factory.
Children of Ram Pratap (L), who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a clerk at a weaving factory, study inside a factory in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. After losing his job as an operator, Pratap started working as a clerk and a caretaker at another weaving factory. "I got a room for my family inside the factory. My new boss is a really good man. If he didn't support me, it would be really difficult to stay in this city and survive. I have two kids and I can't afford the rent now," he said. "It's a very bad phase for this industry. Many of my friends have left. Most of them have returned to their villages and some moved to different cities for jobs." Pratap said he used to earn $300 per month and now only earns half of that. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A man carries rugs on a rickshaw in an industrial area in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A man carries rugs on a rickshaw in an industrial area in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Rolls of thread are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Rolls of thread are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Parts of a powerloom machine are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Parts of a powerloom machine are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
People walk along a muddy road in an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
People walk along a muddy road in an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Bharat Lal (L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator at a weaving factory earlier this year and now works as a clerk, sits inside a factory in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Lal said he was earning $380 and now he earns only $180.
Bharat Lal (L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator at a weaving factory earlier this year and now works as a clerk, sits inside a factory in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Lal said he was earning $380 and now he earns only $180. "It's really getting very difficult for us to survive now, I have a son who is still in school and I'm really worried about his future. I want to save as much as I can for his studies," Lal said. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
General view shows an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
General view shows an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Labourers load sacks of bed sheets onto a horse cart at a weaving factory, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Labourers load sacks of bed sheets onto a horse cart at a weaving factory, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ram Pratap who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a portrait with his wife and daughter inside his house in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. After losing his job as an operator, Pratap started working as a clerk and a caretaker at another weaving factory.
Ram Pratap who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a portrait with his wife and daughter inside his house in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. After losing his job as an operator, Pratap started working as a clerk and a caretaker at another weaving factory. "I got a room for my family inside the factory. My new boss is a really good man. If he didn't support me, it would be really difficult to stay in this city and survive. I have two kids and I can't afford the rent now," he said. "It's a very bad phase for this industry. Many of my friends have left. Most of them have returned to their villages and some moved to different cities for jobs." Pratap said he used to earn $300 per month and now only earns half of that. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Closed gates of empty quarters, where powerloom operators used to live, next to a weaving factory, are seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Closed gates of empty quarters, where powerloom operators used to live, next to a weaving factory, are seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Raj Narayan, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, sits inside his tea shop in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. Narayan said he was earning $250 to $300 per month. After losing his job, he opened a tea stall.
Raj Narayan, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, sits inside his tea shop in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. Narayan said he was earning $250 to $300 per month. After losing his job, he opened a tea stall. "I sent my family back to the village because I am not earning like I used to and it was getting very difficult to support them and bear the expenses," Narayan said. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Dust-covered winding machines are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Dust-covered winding machines are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A scrap dealer dismantles a winding machine at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A scrap dealer dismantles a winding machine at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Pictures of Hindu Gods are seen inside the house of Bharat Lal who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a clerk at a weaving factory, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Pictures of Hindu Gods are seen inside the house of Bharat Lal who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a clerk at a weaving factory, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ram Gati (L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a packaging labour, lies inside his quarters as his wife cleans the floor, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Gati said he is not earning much money now. He is thinking of going to a different city to find another job or start a small business from his savings. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ram Gati (L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a packaging labour, lies inside his quarters as his wife cleans the floor, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Gati said he is not earning much money now. He is thinking of going to a different city to find another job or start a small business from his savings. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Scrap dealers load dismantled powerloom machines outside a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Scrap dealers load dismantled powerloom machines outside a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Dilip Soni (3-L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a packaging labour, sits with his family as they wait to have their lunch inside their quarters, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Soni said he was earning around $300 in his previous job and now gets around $120.
Dilip Soni (3-L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works as a packaging labour, sits with his family as they wait to have their lunch inside their quarters, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. Soni said he was earning around $300 in his previous job and now gets around $120. "Now my wife also started working to support the family and my two daughters have left their studies and take care of the home. I don't have sufficient money for their school," Soni said. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Girish Arora, owner of a weaving factory, prays as he sits in front of the idols of Hindu deities inside his office, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Girish Arora, owner of a weaving factory, prays as he sits in front of the idols of Hindu deities inside his office, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A man is seen behind a dust-covered window of a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A man is seen behind a dust-covered window of a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, is seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, is seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A daughter of a powerloom operator stands outside her house in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A daughter of a powerloom operator stands outside her house in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A labourer works on a powerloom machine inside a weaving factory in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A labourer works on a powerloom machine inside a weaving factory in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A locked gate of a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, is seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
A locked gate of a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, is seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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