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Jewellers accuse harassment by govt officials ahead of Diwali

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Gems and jewellers' body GJC Monday condemned harassment of jewellers by government officials ahead of Diwali and demanded that the Centre should circulate standard norms to check goods in transit.

The All Gem and Domestic Council (GJC) is a national trade federation for the promotion and growth of trade in gems and across

Several incidents across states have come to light wherein the police, income tax officials and GST officials have conducted "illegal raids" on jewellers, especially the small and medium sized players, it said.

This has caused mental torture and harassment at a time when jewellers are grappling with low sales during the festive season. "There have been complaints that the officials are indulging in nepotism and bribes," the GJC alleged.

"As the gem and industry is trying to get organised and become compliant, small and medium sized jewellers are being deliberately targeted and we are witnessing no ease of business," GJC said in a statement.

Since officials cannot visit shops, they are harassing at different places during transit even though jewellers have been following due procedures, he alleged.

"We request the government to issue a final standard operating procedures and process of of the goods in transit and circulate across all the departments such as GST, police, (RPF), of (DGGSTI), Income Tax etc," Khandelwal said.

GJC said small town jewellers from Nagpur, Bhusawal, and regions of amongst others, who buy from the wholesale markets such as Bazaar in Mumbai, have complained that they have been harassed in trains enroute while they were heading to their respective towns.

According to local jewellers, six raids have been conducted in Thane district of in the last few days.

Khandelwal recalled that that the Union had during the GST adoption process assured jewellers that under no circumstances will raj be levied nor will jewellers be subjected to harassment of any kind.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 15:05 IST