Jewellers protest, block Johari Bazaar

Jewellers of Rajasthan are continuing their strike against the proposed one per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery and are demanding an immediate rollback. On Saturday, jewellers sat on protest on one of busiest and main roads of Johari Bazaar, the famous jewellery market of Jaipur.

With the sit-in dharna of the jewellers, the roads became choked with traffic leading to traffic snarls on the roads around the venue.

The traffic police had a hard time clearing the congestion.

The jewellers have already announced their plan to block traffic on the highways to put pressure on the government to withdraw the excise duty. Yesterday at least 480 associations of jewellers met in Delhi, urging the government to withdraw the duty. They pledged to continue their stir indefinitely till their demands are met. Their stir has entered the 25th day today.

The jewellers say the customers would have to bear the brunt of the hike in excise duty ultimately. They have even warned of violent protest including blocking of highways to make the government sit up and take notice.

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