Amarinder bats for agitating jewellers, to visit Amritsar
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh will visit the holy city on Monday to extend his support to the agitation being undertaken by jewellers since March 2 against the Centre’s proposal to impose excise duty on gold and diamond ornaments.punjab Updated: Mar 14, 2016 09:16 IST
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh will visit the holy city on Monday to extend his support to the agitation being undertaken by jewellers since March 2 against the Centre’s proposal to impose excise duty on gold and diamond ornaments.
It was revealed by sources close to him, which added that besides, he will also address a public gathering at Ajnala on the same day.
In wake of Captain’s visit and to chalk out future course of action, representatives of various jewellers associations, including Amritsar Sarafa Association, Bullion Ornament Civil Line and District Swarankar Sangh, conducted a meeting on Sunday at Nehru Shopping Complex on the Mall road here. During the meeting, they said the MP would join the protesting jewellers at around 2 pm on Monday.
Prior to this, Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka and several other local politicians particularly associated with the opposition have extended their support.
The protesters said on March 17, they will hold a national-level rally at Ram Leela Ground of New Delhi to pressurise the Union government to roll back the Union budget proposal of imposing 1% excise duty on non-silver jewellery items besides the mandatory furnishing of PAN details during transactions above ` 2 lakh.
It is notable that apart from Nehru Shopping Complex, they are also staging dharnas at Guru Bazaar Chowk, Putli Ghar and Chheharta. On Saturday, they also started a hunger strike, which would continue till their demands are met. Everyday at least 10 agitators will sit on the strike. Their shops and showrooms are already being closed.
The agitators are considering the proposal as one against their interests and urging the government to review its decision.