Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao recently urged the Centre to withdraw its proposed plan to increase GST rates from 5 percent to 12 percent on garments and fabrics from January 1, 2022. In a letter to Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal, Rama Rao said for the past two years, the handlooms sector has been going through a difficult phase due to coronavirus pandemic, an official release said here. “At this juncture, revising the GST (rates) from the current 5 percent to 12 percent would serve a death blow to the industry,” said Rama Rao. After agriculture sector, textiles and handlooms sector provide highest employment in the country. Considering the current scenario, the need of the hour was to extend additional advantages and incentives to the sector, he said adding the decision to increase GST rates on textiles and handlooms is not wise.