In support of the rally, the wholesale market in the national capital also observed a 'bandh' as more than 7,000 shops remained closed.
     
Members of over 358 associations, consisting of over three lakh manufacturers, retainers, wholesalers and artisans related to the trade are on strike since March 2, which entered the 16th day today.

"Jewellers will continue their strike indefinitely, if the government does not rollback its proposal to impose excise duty," All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) President G V Sreedhar told media.

He added that instead of imposing excise duty, the government can increase import duty on gold by 1 percent.

GJF, the apex body of jewellers, supported the rally called by an another association All India Bullion Jewellers & Swarnkar Action Committee (AIBJS).

Sreedhar added that similar rallies will be organised in the all the state capitals in coming days.

He added that artisans will be the worst affected if this duty is imposed.

Echoing similar views, All India Sarafa Association Vice- President Surinder Kumar Jain said, "The imposition of excise duty will bring back inspector raj." Delhi-based South Extension Jewellers Association also joined the rally.

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