Gujarat diamond units form new state-level forum

January 19th, 2009 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Owners of diamond cutting and processing units across Gujarat Monday floated a new organisation to represent them in a more unified manner and put greater pressure on the central government to heed them. So far, the Surat Diamond Association was the representative group of diamond cutters, traders and polishers, taking up issues such as mass employment and closure of units. It recently asked the central government for a fiscal package for the sector, but did not get any tangible result.

The new organisation, “Gujarat Diamond Federation”, comprises 11 members selected from across the state and is expected to put up a more unified front during deliberations with the central government, a spokesperson of the newly-formed body said.

“Moreover, Surat diamond cutters and polishers felt the demands of polishers from other parts of Gujarat were not being addressed properly as there was no unified body to take up their issue with the central government,” he added.

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