The government recently extended PMLA
to the jewellery
sector. This restricts cash transactions beyond Rs 50,000 without a Know Your Customer (KYC) declaration. This regulation, however, contradicts the income tax
rule which permits cash transactions up to Rs 2,00,000 without a KYC
A delegation comprising bullion dealers and jewellers across the country is scheduled to meet commerce ministry officials on Friday to apprise them of the massive impact on their industry. In past years, jewellers had 30-40 per cent of annual sales during the ongoing festive season, beginning from Raksha Bandhan to the New Year.
“Sales have declined by 50-60 per cent in the past few weeks,” said Surendra Mehta, secretary, India Bullion and Jewellers Association.
In a representation to the ministry of commerce, the body has sought a 10-fold increase in the cash limit for KYC
requirement, to Rs 5,00,000. It argues the price of gold was Rs 500/g when PMLA
was enacted in 2002. So, consumers could have purchased 100g with the Rs 50,000 cash purchase limit. The price is now Rs 3,000/gm, six times more.
regulation is good for the long term; we are not averse to it. But, we want the government to raise the cash purchase limit to at least Rs 2,00,000 for KYC.
Most of our customers are women who save money from the lumpsum amount given by husbands.
They normally accumulate their savings over a few months to buy jewellery, after achieving a threshold of Rs 50,000 or Rs 1,00,000. Calling for KYC
from such customers would be unfair — they do not want to disclose such details. Their money so saved is not black and nor is their intention to use jewellery
for any illegal purpose. Women consumers’ objective is to use this jewellery
in need,” said Kumar Jain, director, Umedmal Tilokichand Zaveri, a bullion dealer and jewellery
retailer at Zaveri Bazaar here.
Kumar adds that many consumers never return after finalising the purchase when asked for a PAN (income tax) or Aadhaar number.
Apart from the PMLA
issue, the pitripaksha fortnight (considered unlucky for jewellery
purchase) is on. Consumers, therefore, are holding back on purchase
“The government will have to decide in which direction it wants the jewellery
sector to be and whether such restrictions are really required,” said Ashok Minawala, director, All India Gems & Jewellery
is estimated at around Rs 250,000 crore in India; the trade says 60 million skilled and unskilled workers are in it.
Jewellery sales declined 50% in one month on weak consumer sentiment
Govt extends PMLA to the jewellery sector, which limits cash transactions up to Rs 50,000
Jewellers confused, as the current I-Tax Act limits cash transactions up to Rs 2,00,000
Bullion dealers and jewellers to meet consumer ministry officials on Friday, seeking 10-fold in rising cash transactions limit without KYC
They argue gold prices jumped 6 times in 12 years since PMLA was enacted hence proportionate increase in limit is required