April 7, 2016 3:54:48 am
WITH traders deciding to extend support to the protest being carried out by the jewellers’ association, all city markets will remain shut on Thursday.
Chemist shops and dairies have been exempted from the stir.
“We have exempted chemists from shutting shop so that patients are not harassed. Shops selling essential commodities like milk and eggs are also not part of the bandh,” said Charanjiv Singh, President of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.
The decision on the exemptions was taken in a meeting of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal on Wednesday. Over 5,000 shops in the city would remain shut.
“We are thankful to the traders association for their support to our protest. It has been over a month and the government isn’t doing anything. All the jewellers in the country are on strike and it isn’t affecting them,” said the president of the Jewellers association, Rajiv Sahdev.
Though messages have been sent to all the market associations, the jewellers too have been going to the markets to seek the support of the shopkeepers.
“ We went to various markets and the shopkeepers assured us of full support,” said Sahdev. As many as 750 jewellers in Tricity are on an indefinite strike against the government for imposing an excise duty of 1 per cent on jewellery items.
Apart from the excise duty of 1 per cent on gold and diamond, the jewellers also expressed their displeasure over the order making PAN mandatory for purchase of jewellery of over Rs 2 lakh.
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