This is post the meeting held between a delegation of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) with the Election Commissioner to raise concerns about incidents reported on seizure of jewellery
MUMBAI, (GNI): With the code of conduct in place, the jewellery sector in India has become one of the soft target of the law enforcement agencies. Despite having all the necessary documents and papers, seizure and daily obstacles in the movement of jewellery has become a new norm in the jewellery business across the country.
In one such incident, the local administrative authorities at Coimbatore seized close to 149 kg of gold recently citing breach of Code of Conduct during General Elections.
However after a fruitful and constructive deliberation with Election Commission of India by All India Gem And Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) – The Nodal Agency of the Jewellery Sector, the seized jewellery was released as per the instruction of Election Commissioner of India Shri. Sushil Chandra.
On Tuesday, A delegation of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) under the leadership of Mr Anantha Padmanaban had met Shri. Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India to seek his attention to the seizure of jewellery and incidents of harassment by local authorities reported in various parts of the country.
During this meeting the Election Commissioner, assured remedial measures on this issue and also committed to bringing a formal guidelines very soon on the documents to be carried during transit of jewellery.
According to GJC, the election commission has also provided an assurance that there will not be any harassment during the upcoming General Elections as well as state elections in future.
Commenting on this, Mr Anantha Padmanabhan, Chairman, GJC, said, “We along with the whole Jewellery Industry, would like to thank the honorable Election Commissioner for the proactive measure he has taken to release the seized gold and we are confident that there will be continued co-operation from the EC for the jewellery business if we operate within the regulatory framework of code of conduct.
“He not just listened to our plea but also ensured immediate action for smooth functioning of the jewellery industry during the ongoing General Elections. It is a moment of cheer to the whole of the community and this has enabled us for a hassle free business during the elections,” he added.
According to Chairman Anantha, “Jewellery making is a business where movement of jewellery is inevitable and it is a routine in our business that jewellery in its raw or finished form is being transited from one point to another. There was an uneasiness across the jewellery community post incidents of harassment and jewellery seizure were reported.”
About The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) represents over 6,00,000 players comprising manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, laboratories, gemologists, designers and allied services to the domestic Gems & Jewellery industry. The Gems & Jewellery industry is a hand crafted and labour intensive with over 1 crore strong labour force engaged in the manufacturing of jewellery industry in the domestic sector.ends