The all-powerful GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states in its meeting held recently, decided to tax all job works from stitching, embroidery to weaving in the textile sector, at 5 per cent instead of previously decided 18 per cent. This 5 per cent rate will be applicable for job works in apparel, shawls and carpets. This brings smiles on the faces of merchants from Ichalkaranji — the textile town of South Maharashtra. However, weavers are still unhappy as their demand to bring down the tax rates for procurement of synthetic fibre has remained unheeded. The business of making cloth out of synthetic fibre is at present 10 per cent of the total textile industry. However, the GST council’s reluctance to bring down the tax may affect over 200 to 300 weavers.