City residents will not get gold and diamond jewellery for another three days. The jewellers’ associations in the tricity have extended their strike till March 7.
Failing to get any response from the government after their strike from March 2 to March 4, the jewellers held a meet and decided to continue the strike till Monday.
Rajiv Sahdev, president of Jewellers’ Association, Chandigarh, said, “ If the government doesn’t listen, we will go on an indefinite strike.”
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With the shutting down of 750 jewellery shops in the tricity, the jewellers too have suffered losses of at least Rs 60 crore in the past three days. “Being the wedding season, we too have suffered losses, but we will not give up until the government listens to our demands,” added Sahdev.
Panchkula and Mohali too are supporting the strike.
Meanwhile, residents continue to suffer this wedding season. “I have my brother’s wedding next week. If the strike continues, how will we get jewellery for the wedding?” said Sulochana, a resident of sector 23, Chandigarh.
Unhappy with the government imposing excise duty on gold and diamond jewellery and making PAN mandatory on purchase of jewellery over 2 lakh, the jewellers have shut shops. Excise duty of one percent has been proposed on the jewellery.