The members of Jewellers Association, Jaipur along with Union minister of tourism and environment Dr Mahesh Sharma participated in the programme Bharat ke man ki baat Modi ke saath' which was organised at Johari Bazaar in Jaipur. On this occasion, Jewellers Association president Sanjay Kala, on behalf of jewellers, put forth the demands of the industry in front of Dr Sharma.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Coloured stones should not be categorised under two different segments; precious and semi-precious category; however, should be categorised under one section which is the the coloured gem stone segment. Also, .25% GST should be imposed on both of these categories of stones, he added. The import duty on exquisitely cut & polished coloured stones’ should be brought down from 7.5% to 2.5%, as most of the imported stones after being studded in jewellery are exported back."
The three per cent IGST, levied on jewellers own products which are imported back after being showcased in trade shows, exhibitions, process and gem testing, should be completely abolished. Lot of floating money is blocked because of it. The parcels worth up to $800 should be sent directly from the office of exporter to the importer without any kind of evaluation. This shall ensure saving time, energy and money and shall also prove to be significant for business to be conducted via e-portal . Ease of doing business should be promoted for trade as well as other trading requirements including hand carry of gem & jewellery by encouraging smooth logistics arrangement for gems and jewellery across the country without any barrier. The central government should extend financial aid to trade shows like JAS which are being promoted by trade bodies to ensure that small traders can get the booths at affordable price. If any addition in income tax is done in case of raid or survey the tax rate should be made logical. In such cases, there is a need to include all such taxes, penalty, interest under the limit of 40% with provision of prosecution. It will save a lot of litigation, saving lot of time, energy & money of businessmen & government. The traders should be given pension when required on looking at their past records of income tax payment, he added.
Jewellers Association president Sanjay Kala, sharing his as well as jewellers man ki baat with Dr Sharma said, “Government as well as officials look upon traders with scepticism despite the fact that traders take all kinds of risks to create newer avenues of employment and to generate foreign exchange earnings while contributing to national treasury by paying regular income tax. The government and officials should hence change their mindset towards traders and should take them as their partner.” Most of the businessmen are involved in big & small projects of philanthropic activities in the also.
Under mann ki baat programme, Rajesh Dhamani said, “Such programmes should be organised in every six months.” Jaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry honorary secretary Ajay Kala congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking bold stand on Pulwama killing and said that there is a need to implement all what's said in this context.
Treasurer Raju Mangodewala also raised a need to take strict actions against terrorism, BJP Rajasthan Vice President and Jeweller Sunil Kothari raised a demand to promote city specific trades by giving relief to traders in whatever way it is possible. Virendra Kedia said that middle class traders who generate many employment opportunities at present hour are facing the worst times. The right action should be taken which can help them in smooth running of business and keep on generating employment, he said. Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council president Pramod Agarwal said, “ Efforts should be made to listen, understand and to resolve the challenges faced by the only industry in the country which makes maximum contribution to the export segment and generate about 55 lakhs jobs.
Those present on this occasion included Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra, former state minister Dr Arun Chaturvedi, , former MLA and jeweller Mohan Lal Gupta, BJP state vice-president Sunil Kothari, Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council president Pramod Agrawal, Jewellers Association president Sanjay Kala, vice-president Rajesh Dhamani, honorary secretary DP Khandelwal, joint secretary Neeraj Lunawat, treasurer Raju Agrawal Mangodiwala as well as former president of Jewellers Association, Jagdish Tambi and Ramdas Sonkhiya, Hon’ble Secretary JPCI Ajay Kala along with many other prominent personalities.
The programme was will conducted by association honorary secretary DP Khandelwal.