The GST Council has recently reduced the tax on man-made items to 12 per cent from 18 per cent earlier. Will it help the textile and clothing (T and C) sector to diversity into the synthetic segment? Look like the diversification is not easy to come by. It is because staple fibre continues to be taxed at 18 per cent as before, whereas staple yarn has been made eligible for the reduced duly. Fabrics attract a duty of 5 per cent. To render the diversification rather difficult is the government’s latest move to affect a sharp hike in import duty on polyester products from 10 to 20 per cent through a notification.