Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday expressed support for jewellers, who have been on strike, to protest a Budget proposal to impose 1 per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery.
“I strongly object to the excise levied on the jewellery sector by the central government. I demand a rollback of the same,” said Kejriwal.
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He added, “I don’t see any point of the excise duty except for harassment of traders… this will lead to corruption and the government won’t be able to get anything out of this… the Centre should… rollback the duty
Jewellers’ associations have also decided to launch a ‘movement’ in Ramlila Maidan Thursday. Many customers had placed their orders months ago… but we can’t deliver jewels as we can’t unlock our shops,” said Vijay Khanna, owner of Khanna jewellers.
Subhash Rana, a member of the Akhil Bhartiya Swarnakaar Jeweller Association, claimed that the government is incurring losses worth Rs 2,000 crore everyday because of the strike.