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Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
India new Goods and Services Tax (GST) improved economic efficiency but critics say the complexities of the new regime have driven many small enterprises out of business and forced hundreds of thousands out of jobs.
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September 05, 2018
A scrap dealer searches for useful material at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
A scrap dealer searches for useful material 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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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September 05, 2018
General view shows an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
General view shows an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Tilak Raj Bathla, 50, owner of a weaving factory, poses for a picture at a closed section of his factory,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
A man carries rugs on a rickshaw in an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
A man carries rugs on a rickshaw in an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Rolls of thread are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in the...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
Rolls of thread are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
A weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, is seen in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Children of Ram Pratap (L), who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year and now works...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 the northern state of 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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Ram Pratap who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a portrait with his...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Ram Pratap, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a picture inside a...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 the northern state of Haryana, India, August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Raj Narayan, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, sits inside his tea shop in...
Panipat, India
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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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Bharat Lal (L) who lost his job as a powerloom operator at a weaving factory earlier this year and now...
Panipat, India
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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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Parts of a powerloom machine are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Dust-covered winding machines are seen inside a weaving factory, which was shut earlier this year, in...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
A scrap dealer dismantles a winding machine at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
A man is seen behind a dust-covered window of a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Labourers load sacks of bed sheets onto a horse cart at a weaving factory, in Panipat in the northern...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
People walk along a muddy road in an industrial area in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
A daughter of a powerloom operator stands outside her house in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Girish Arora, owner of a weaving factory, prays as he sits in front of the idols of Hindu deities inside...
Panipat, India
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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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
Scrap dealers load dismantled powerloom machines outside a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago,...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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September 05, 2018
A locked gate of a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, is seen in Panipat in the northern state...
Panipat, India
The Wider Image: Thousands laid off as India pushes biggest tax reform
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 SEARCH "ABIDI TAX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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