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GJF seeks 'National Gems & Jewellery Council’ status

16 september 2014
The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) has urged the government to grant it 'National Gems & Jewellery Council’ status, at its 9th Annual General Meeting held recently.
Present at GJF's meeting were Chairman Harsh Soni, Vice Chairman Manish Jain, Past Chairmen Bachhraj Bamalwa, Ashok Minawala and the Regional Chairmen. The Union Ministry of Commerce had earlier forwarded the file related to Council formation to Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) with recommendation for their considerations.
Talking about engaging government and policy makers, Haresh Soni said, “ GJF is engaging policy makers through dialogue and exploring all options to address significant issues facing the industry such as reduction in gold import duties, abolishing the 80:20 rule; studying the impact of New Companies Act on the jewelers, facilitating a viable and practical hallmarking process."
GJF has organised several buyer-seller meets, regional leadership summits, B2B exhibitions and awards functions in different parts of India. During 2013-14, GJF increased membership by 20 percent over 2012-13. The Federation initiated over 30 events across India on behalf of the various constituents and stakeholders of the Gem & Jewellery (G&J) industry. In the first half of 2014-15, GJF has already organized 7 training programmes in various cities, covering almost 1,000 jewellers. GJF intends to target 24 cities across India up-to March 2015.
GJF is the national nodal and the largest single trade body in India for the promotion and growth of trade in gems and jewellery across India. It represents over 600,000 players comprising manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, laboratories, gemologists, designers and allied services to the domestic Gems & Jewellery industry.

Aruna Gaitonde, Rough&Polished correspondent in India