Maharashtra Government gives go-ahead to jewellery export activities amid Covid-19 restrictions
The Maharashtra Government has given the jewellery industry the go-ahead to resume export activities with restrictions in place as the state rolls out emergency measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council held a virtual meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday to discuss how to keep the state’s jewellery industry going in the face of nigh curfews and the weekend lockdown. Thackeray chose the exempt the jewellery export industry from these measures. The number of people working in the jewellery manufacturing units will, however, be restricted to enable social distancing.
“I would like to thank Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray for giving a patient hearing to all our concerns and guiding us,” said GJEPC chairman Colin Shah, in regards to the meeting, the GJEPC reported on its website.
Thackeray urged the jewellery industry to shift its way of working to reduce the number of people on-site and enable people to work from home where possible. He suggested a move from ‘peak hour’ work to shift work for more steady operations in the ‘new normal’.
Shah also suggested a waiver of stamp duty on gold imports into Mumbai at the meeting as a way to boost the state’s revenue during this challenging economic time. Thackeray promised to look into the GJEPC chairman’s requests after 10 to 15 days, the GJEPC reported.
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