We thank Honourable FM Shri Nirmala Sitharaman ji for presenting a well-balanced Union Budget 2023-24, focused on the spirit of Amrit Kaal. Key announcements such as Income tax- rebate extended on income up to Rs 7 lakhs in new tax regime, increase in outlay of PM Awaas Yojana is a big relief for the middle-income group. However, the Gems & Jewellery Industry’s critical concerns are not addressed in the Union Budget 2023-24. While the Research and Development grant will be provided to one of the IITs for the development of Lab Grown Diamond seeds and machines, the other sectors of the industry have been ignored. The reduction in Gold Custom Duty in this Budget was our big expectation, which has severely hampered the industry and encouraged smuggling and grey market. GJC has been actively representing the reduction in customs duty of Gold over past many years. However, the Silver Dore Bars Custom Duty has been brought at par with Gold and platinum in this budget. This move will adversely affect the masses. GJC will continue to represent this important issue of the Industry. We are having a meeting with Honourable FM on 4th February at Mumbai, in which we shall once again stress upon the important concerns such as reduction in custom duty, EMI on Jewellery, Relief in Capital Gain tax and Gold Monetisation Scheme etc.