Delhi CM meets Pranab Mukherjee over 1% excise on jewellery; says excise would encourage Inspector Raj
New Delhi, Mar 30 (KNN) Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday met the President of India and asked to intervene on the budget proposal of the union Government to impose one percent excise duty on jewellery.
Talking to media persons, he said that the Delhi Government has requested the President to intervene in the matter and co-operate with jewellers.
He was accompanied with the jewellery associations.
He further said that the jewellers were "unhappy" because the decision to levy one percent tax will lead to inspector raj, "harassing" the traders.
"We told President that jewellers are not averse to paying tax. But the new one per cent tax, will lead to inspector raj, inspectors will come and harass and jewellers will have to leave aside their works and face raids. Jewellers are unhappy over this," he said.
"The community of jewellers is such that they work peacefully, they never come on streets. So, we can understand their pain if they are on streets for past 28 days. Our jewellers are famous internationally. So, we should frame policies in way it will encourage them than strangulate their throats," said CM. (KNN Bureau)