Jammu, Aug 6 Colourful paper quadrilaterals will take the Goods and Services Tax literally to the sky this festive season with a huge demand for kites carrying GST images along with that of Prime Minister Narenrda Modi.
Giving tough competition to the kites carrying GST and Modi images are that of Bollywood heart-throbs and cartoon characters.
While kite flying is popular on Independence Day in many cities in the north, in Jammu region kite flying is also a part of the festivities on Rakshabandhan and Janamasthami.
The fervour associated with upcoming Independence day celebrations is visible in the market.
“I have been in the kite business for several decades but introduction of kites with images of the Prime Minister, superstars and famous cartoon characters have enhanced sales manifold,” Rakesh Chibber, a shopkeeper in the old city’s Pacca Dunga area, told PTI.
He said kites with images of cartoon characters like Bheem, Doremon, Tom and Jerry, and Barbie are very popular among children.
Sharma said the sale of bigger designer kites are also in demand with several customers looking for “giant kites” as well.
Tarun, another shopkeeper, said the Chinese thread, which was banned by the government, has been replaced by local thread.
Police have launched a massive drive in the city to discourage use of Chinese thread after the government imposed ban on its purchase and sale last year following an outcry over several incidents of people getting critically injured after coming in contact with the thread.
“We have launched a special drive over the past fortnight in the markets dealing with kites to ensure strict implementation of the ban on Chinese thread,” a police officer said.
He said the thread is not available in the open market.
“We have been keeping watch and if anyone is found selling the banned thread, appropriate action in accordance with the law will be taken against him or her,” the officer said.