Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav on Monday wrote to the Centre, asking it to
sympathetically look into the grievances of the "UP Sarrafa
Association" regarding certain budgetary proposals concerning
the bullion market.
Yadav shot off letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, asking them to look
into the issues raised by the bullion traders sympathetically,
an official spokesman here said.
The representatives of the association had yesterday met
the Chief Minister and handed over a memorandum with regard to
proposals on raising bullion duty, imposing excise and TDS on
the bullion traders, the spokesman said.
The memorandum said that there is an attempt to once
again push the traders towards harassment, from which they
were rescued in 1990, when the gold control act was scrapped.
It also said that traders would be harassed in the
name of revenue realisation and the proposed hike would lead
to disparity in the prices of gold at the local and