Jewellers call off strike after 42 days

Jewellers in the national capital on Wednesday temporarily called off their 42-day strike, demanding rollback of proposed excise duty on non-silver jewellery, for 12 days after the government’s assurance that there will be no harassment by excise officials.

“We have decided to temporarily call off the strike till April 24 after the government’s assurance,” Surinder Kumar Jain, vice-president of All India Sarafa Association, said.

Jewellers in Maharashtra have also called off their strike temporarily from April 14 to April 24, Maharashtra Rajya Saraf Suvarnakar Federation President Fatechand Ranka said.

Jewellery houses remained closed since March 2 after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget proposed levying 1 per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery.

Jewellers, bullion traders and artisans reopened their establishments on Tuesday in Rajasthan, said Subhash Mittal, President, Rajasthan Sarafa Sangh in Jaipur.

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