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Will look into concerns of jewellery industry over GST: CM

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said he will talk to Union Minister to look into the concerns of the and jewellery industry about the proposed

"The and jewellery industry not only earns foreign exchange for the country but also generates employment opportunities. We understand the concerns of the industry over the proposed (good and services tax)," Fadnavis said at the 43rd and Jewellery Awards 2016 here last night.

"The industry faces global competition and the profit margin is slim. So if the capital is blocked, the interest goes up," he said.

"I promise the industry that I along with Chief Minister will talk to FM and try to convince him about the need to help the sector," he said.

"We are in an era of ease of business, so we will try to find a solution in this regard," he further said.

The chief minister said the and jewellery industry has given an identity to Mumbai, and the state will work together with the sector to boost it.

"We will find a suitable land for the industry to set up an exhibition centre and a and jewellery park in or its vicinity," Fadnavis said.

He said the state will consider a proposal from the industry to set up a and jewellery university.

"We don't want to only go for conventional universities and are looking at something like and jewellery university, which will not only provide human resource to the industry but also generate employment," he said.

"However, it has to be done through an act of legislation and we will consider any such proposal from the sector," the CM said.

Currently, is the sixth largest exporter of and jewellery in the world, Fadnavis said.

"We will work together with the industry and with the university, we will make the number one and jewellery exporter in the world," he said.

The and jewellery industry has been earmarked as one of the priority sectors which contributes almost 6 per cent of India's GDP.

It currently employs 3.5 million people and aims to create an additional 2.5 million jobs by 2022.

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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 11:42 IST