Kashmir gold dealers go on hunger strike, call for scrapping of excise

Kashmir gold dealers go on hunger strike, call for scrapping of excise

Srinagar: The gold dealers and workers here on Tuesday went on 10 day long hunger strike to press their demand for revocation of a 1 percent excise on gold ornaments as proposed by New Delhi in the budget.
The fraternity that has shut its businesses here since March 2 in unison with its counterparts across India is also upset over customers having to compulsory having to quote PAN Card by on jewellery purchase of Rs. 2 lakh and above.
President of Gold Dealers and Workers Association Kashmir Bashir Ahmad Rather said that they are opposing such ‘black laws’ as such laws will only add to the miseries of thousands of people associated with this sector.
“It is better to die with hunger than to kneel before a such laws which ruins our life and business,” Rather said.
Last week all the associations of gold dealers and workers also carried a massive protest march.

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