Jewellers to meet finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, hopeful of early resolution
April, 06th 2012
Protesting jewellers are expected to take a decision on their indefinite strike on Friday after meeting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue of rollback in increased taxes. The jewellers are also expected to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi before they meet finance minister.
Meanwhile, a delegation of jewellers led by RJD president Lalu Prasad met Mukherjee. The finance minister has assured the delegation of "positive" action soon, Prasad said after the meeting.
Jewellers in various parts of the country have been on a strike since March 17 to protest the hike in import duty on gold and imposition of excise duty on unbranded jewellery. The proposal was announced during Mukherjee's Budget speech for 2012-13.
Mukherjee has called a meeting of meeting with representatives of jewellery manufacturers from major cities today in New Delhi.
Delhi Jewellers and Goldsmith Association President Ram Avtar Verma said that jewellers will decide on whether to end the strike or not after meeting the Finance Minister.
"We appreciate the assurance of a positive action by the finance minister to the agitating bullion traders and are hopeful of an early solution to the crisis," he added.