Jewellers continue strike for 15th day, leave to participate in rally at Delhi today

March  17:The strike by the goldsmiths entered 15th day today, with gold and jewellery establishments remaining closed across Jammu and Kashmir.
However, hundreds of goldsmiths from across the Jammu and Kashmir left for the national capital to participate in the rally against the Budget proposal to impose 1 per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery.
Amid slogans, large number of jewellers, swarnkars and karigars assembled at Jain Bazaar and held protest.
Terming the proposed excise duty on gold ornaments as anti-jewellers, the protestors demanding its immediate withdrawal as this decision will affect their trade and will also lead to closure of the business establishments by some of the goldsmiths, who are already reeling under crisis.
Addressing the gathering, Raman Suri, Chairman, Sarafa Association and Swarankar Sangh Joint Action Committee, Jammu Province appealed to all the goldsmiths to assemble outside Ram Lila Maidan at New Delhi and join the rally under the banner of Sarafa Association and Swarankar Sangh Joint Action Committee, Jammu Province.
Raj Kumar Babbar, All India Vice President Swarnkar Sangh and President Swarnkar Sangh, Jammu Province said that goldsmiths are too much disappointed by the budget in which excise duty has been imposed on them. He warned the Government of dire consequences, if the decision is not revoked at the earliest.
Parjan Kumar Jain, President Sarafa Association, Jammu, Kulbhushan Anand, President Swarnkar Sangh, Jammu District, Vijay Kumar Verma, General Secretary Sarafa Association, Jammu, Ajay Vaid, General Secretary Swarnkar Sangh, Jammu District besides many others also addressed the gathering and appealed to the Union Government to revoke the excise duty decision.
Talking to the Excelsior, Raman Suri told that hundreds of jewellers left for national capital by buses, trains and by other means to participate in the rally to be held at Ram Lila Maidan tomorrow.
“Government should roll back its excise duty decision if they want to save the already suffering jewellery trade”, he added.

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