Diamond units wary of harsh action: SDA


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Diamond units wary of harsh action: SDA

TNN | Jul 22, 2020, 04.19 AM IST

Surat: With at least seven diamond units told to shut down and over 20 units fined for the violation of standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the civic body in the last one week, the Surat Diamond Association (SDA) and the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) have urged the authorities not to take harsh actions against the units as they are already hit by financial crunch.

In the last one-and-a-half-month, about 1,600 diamond workers, merchants and traders from the diamond hub of Varachha and Katargam have been infected by coronavirus of which 12 have succumbed. In the last one week, the SMC has collected over Rs 2 lakh in fine from the diamond units violating the norms.

Regional chairman of GJEPC, Dinesh Navadiya told TOI, “More than coronavirus, diamond unit owners are afraid of the SMC officials visiting their factories.”

President of SDA, Babu Kathiriya told TOI, “Diamond units are taking all the precautions, still the SMC are penalising the unit owners. We have requested the SMC not to take harsh action against the unit owners and allow the units to operate.”