Jewellers’ Strike Over Excise Duty Enters 39th Day

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April 9:Jewellers, bullion traders and artisans are showing no signs of backing down in their protest against imposition of one per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery as their strike entered the 39th day, with many keeping their shops closed on Saturday.

Many jewellery showrooms in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are closed since March 2 after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced one per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery in his Budget for 2016-17 on February 29.

Tamil Nadu, however, struck a contrarian note, where most jewellery showrooms were open for regular trading.

To address jewellers issues, the government has constituted a panel under former chief economic advisor Ashok Lahiri to look into the set of demand of jewellers.

The sub-committee will look into issues related to the compliance procedure for the excise duty, including records to be maintained, forms to be filled, operating procedures and other relevant aspects.

The government, in the Budget had proposed the 1 per cent excise duty on jewellery without input credit or 12.5 per cent with input tax credit on jewellery excluding silver other than those studded with diamonds and precious stones.

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