"The Centre should come forward to either scrap or reduce the import duty on gold considering the welfare of the poor and middle class people," founder-leader of PMK, S Ramadoss said here in a statement.

Since the festival season beckons, during which large numbers of weddings are solemnized, a cut in duty would help the common man, he said.

Stating that the import duty had not been reduced by the BJP after it assumed power, he urged that the measure be considered as it would help the public.

Gold smuggling to India has seen an increase owing to a "15-20 percent" difference in the price of gold in Indian and global markets, he pointed out.

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