Jewellers suspend 22 day long strike

Excelsior Correspondent

Raj Kumar Babber, President, SSJP interacting with media persons at Jammu on Sunday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, Apr 8: Jewellers of the State today suspended their 22 days long strike on the assurance of Sonia Gandhi and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
This was disclosed by Raj Kumar Babber, President, Swarankar Sangh Jammu Province (SSJP) during a press conference this morning.
He said that all Swarankars and Sarafa business establishments, will be opened from tomorrow on the assurance given by Sonia Gandhi and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Babber said that they will wait for May 11 to get the imposed taxes withdrawn and if the same will not be done till then, they will be constrained to revive their agitation.
He expressed gratitude to all those organizations and political parties, which extended their support during the strike.
Babber added that the imposition of excise duty on unbranded jewellery may lead to heavy paper work for small traders and will also leave lakhs of men engaged in this profession jobless.
It is to mention here that the jewellers were protesting for the past 22 days against the Central Government’s decision to impose excise duty of 1 per cent on unbranded jewellery and 4 per cent import duty on gold.
Among others present were Kulbhushan Anand, president, Jammu city, SSJP, Parjan Anand, president, Sarafa Association, Ved Prakash Sethi, Chairman, SSJP, Ram Kapoor, general secretary, Rajinder Sehdev, cashier and Vijay Verma, vice president, etc.