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Jewellers call for 3-day strike against excise duty
Hon’ble FM Arun Jaitley announced excise duty on jewellery during his budget speech on 29th February 2016.
By: Diamond World News Service
Mar 1 2016 4:35PM
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All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) has called for a 3-day strike starting from 2nd March to protest against levy of excise duty on jewellery.

During his budget speech for Union Budget 2016, hon’ble FM Arun Jaitley announced an excise duty of 1 per cent without input tax credit or 12 per cent with input tax credit on articles of jewellery (excluding silver jewellery, other than studded with diamonds and some other precious stones) with a higher exemption and eligibility limits of Rs. 6 crores and Rs. 12 crores respectively.

Since the announcement, the excise duty announcement has given rise to widespread disappointment amongst the gems and jewellery industry. A lot of jewellers have termed the duty to be regressive step by the government as it is time consuming and will only increase paperwork.

Meanwhile, India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA) has also called for indefinite strike in protest over the excise duty.

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