Jewellers seek support of Surat diamond industry


Striking jewellers in south Gujarat have sought
support of Surat’s diamond industry to join the
indefinite strike.

As the indefinite strike called by the jewellers
to protest the levy of one per cent excise duty
on jewellery articles has entered into the ninth
day, the Surat Jewellers Association (SJA) has
sought the support of diamond manufactuers and
diamond merchants to join the strike.

A meeting was held between the striking
jewellers and the office-bearers of Surat
Diamond Association (SDA) on Thursday to seek
the support of the diamond industry in the
ongoing indefinite nation-wide strike by the


Dinesh Navadia, regional chairman of Gems and
Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) said,
“A unanimous decision of the SDA’s board members
will be taken on Friday on supporting the
jewellers’ strike. Meanwhile, the GJEPC has
already represented the Central Government to
revoke the excise duty levy on jewellery
articles in the wider interest of the gems and
jewellery trade”

A jewelers’ strike protesting a new 1-percent
excise tax is causing industry members to lose
Rs 150 crore per day in south Gujarat alone.
There are 3,500 small, medium and big jewellers
in the region and that they have shut their
shops since March 2 to protest the excise duty

“Diamond sector is closely associated with us.
At present, over 50 per cent of the jewellery
articles are studded with diamonds and gems.
Thus, we want the diamond merchants and
manufacturers to join the strike” said chairman
of the gems and jewellery committee of Southern
Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Nainesh Patchigar.

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