Wrapped in black clothes to mark their dissent over the imposition of excise duty in Union budget, jewellers continued with their strike for the fourth day on Saturday.
Ludhiana Jewellers’ Association president Anand Sikri said, “We have not received any information to call off the strike as of now. A meeting of apex jewellers’ body, All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF), was held with the finance minister on Friday but it seems nothing concrete has come out of it and a decision on the matter is expected by Monday.” Around hundred members of the association gathered at the College Road to stage a protest and raised slogans against the ruling government.
Sikri added that the losses of the jewellers are mounting with every passing day and the government should work out to find a possible solution to the problem.The jewellers’ also said that they were already burdened with the mandatory PAN card furnishing while making gold purchase of above Rs 2 lakh which had already hit them our huge customer base coming from rural set-up. Our business has already gone down by 30 %and now there is more burden.