In­dus­try & Govt. Har­mo­niously Re­solve Ex­cise Woes

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Trade fe­lic­i­tates Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi elieved by the favourable out­come of the high-level com­mit­tee on the ex­cise is­sue, the gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try, rep­re­sented by the All In­dia Gems & Jew­ellery Trade Fed­er­a­tion (GJF), the Gem & Jew­ellery Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (GJEPC), and the All In­dia Jew­ellers Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (AIJAC), fe­lic­i­tated Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for his sup­port on the ex­cise mat­ter.

The trade bod­ies or­gan­ised a meet­ing on July 23 at Vi­gyan Bhawan, New Delhi, where Modi ad­dressed the in­dus­try mem­bers. Also present at the event were BJP chief Amit Shah, min­is­ter of state with in­de­pen­dent charge for power, coal, new and re­new­able en­ergy and mines Piyush Goyal, and min­is­ter of state for finance Santosh Gang­war.

The en­tire jew­ellery in­dus­try across the coun­try at­tended this event. While ad­dress­ing the in­vi­tees, Prime Min­is­ter Modi said, “Ex­cise duty is­sues gave the gov­ern­ment an op­por­tu­nity to bet­ter un­der­stand the in­tri­ca­cies of jew­ellery sec­tor. And you ( jew­ellery sec­tor), in turn, have un­der­stood how the new gov­ern­ment func­tions. It pleases me to note that both sides have won over each other. The in­dus­try’s fears re­gard­ing the ex­cise depart­ment were not un­founded be­cause of your past ex­pe­ri­ences. Most gov­ern­ments would come and en­force ex­cise and you would op­pose it; only for the order to be rolled back.

“No one took the trou­ble to un­der­stand the un­der­ly­ing prob­lems; there was a clear lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. This is what pushed this gov­ern­ment to get to the bot­tom of this prob­lem. Your protests did not solve any­thing. In the end, what helped to sort out this is­sue were in­tense closed-door meet­ings be­tween the in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment. We set up a com­mit­tee and en­sured that the trade was part of ev­ery dis­cus­sion.”

Modi went on to add that hence­forth, too, the gov­ern­ment will en­sure that any in­dus­try-re­lated de­ci­sion will be ben­e­fi­cial for the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. He as­sured that the doors of the gov­ern­ment are al­ways open for the trade mem­bers. Modi noted that fol­low­ing the

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