India to introduce comprehensive policy to promote Gold

New Delhi-India (Oct 19)  The centre is likely to come out with a comprehensive Gold policy soon to promote the metal industry and the Gems and Jewellery sector, which is a major contributor to the export basket.

 In February, Finance Minister had announced formulation of a comprehensive Gold policy to develop Gold as an asset class.

 The policy also aims at creating jobs in the Gold sector. It is likely to focus on promoting domestic Gold industry and exports of Gems and Jewellery, which contributes about 15 per cent to total merchandise outbound shipments.

 NITI Aayog in August suggested the government to bring down import duty on Gold from the existing level of 10 per cent and also asked to slash the GST rate on the precious metal from the current 3 per cent.

 Besides, it had recommended review and revamp of the Gold monetisation scheme, sovereign Gold bond scheme besides setting up of a Gold board and bullion exchanges across the country to have greater financialisation of the yellow metal.

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