Satara jewellers shave their heads as mark of protest

Last Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 22:21

Satara: Over 50 jewellers on Thursday shaved their heads as part of their ongoing protest against hike in import duty and excise duty on gold announced in the Union Budget last month.

As many as 56 jewellers assembled here and got their heads shaved as part of their strike which began soon after the March 16 Budget presentation.

Meanwhile, jewellers in the district have decided to continue their strike indefinitely.

"We have decided to continue our strike indefinitely. Members of Satara Jewellery Association are going to take part in a rally organised at New Delhi next week. We hope the Government will take a favourable decision," said Ruplal Nagori, president of Satara Saraf Association.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his Budget proposed one per cent excise duty on unbranded jewellery and doubled the import duty to 4 percent on gold.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 22:21

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