Mangaluru: The Jewellers’ Association held a protest march against the hike in excise duty on gold by 1% and for making PAN card mandatory on the purchase of gold ornaments above Rs 2,00,000 in the annual budget on March 10.
The peaceful protest was flagged off from KS Rao road near City Centre Mall by the association Secretary Nagraj Palke. The protesters marched along Tagore Park, Jyothi Talkies, Clock Tower, GHS road, Car Street and reached back to KS Rao road. “We will continue this protest till our demands are met,” said one of the protester.
Around 1000 jewellers and their staff from Udupi, Bantwal, Mangaluru and Puttur participated in the protest. The protesters asked Tanishq Jewellers, which was open for business, to shut down their shop and they obliged.