Set up goldsmith cluster in district: Traditional gold workers

COIMBATORE: from the district said their business has been hit because of corporate players, who make jewellery using machines and also due to jewellery import.
Seeking redressal, they requested the state government to set up infrastructure such as goldsmith clusters and jewellery parks in the district so that the livelihood of traditional gold workers would get a boost.

Members of the Coimbatore Gold Smiths Manufacturers Private Limited said they had floated the forum after they had come to the decision that traditional gold workers, who still made jewellery using hand, couldn’t afford to individually compete with corporates. They said they had attended a review meeting at the district collectorate last Friday after which they had framed a set of requests.

AM Kamalhasan, managing director of Coimbatore Gold Smiths Manufacturers Private Limited, said the state should implement a ‘goldsmith cluster’ scheme with the help of Sidco and other MSME organisations, which would modernise the business. He said around 50,000 families depended on traditional gold jewellery-making business. “To help such families, government introduced a co-operative scheme. Such a scheme should be introduced in Coimbatore, where a lot of such families stay,” he said.

The workers also sought that the state set-up a co-operative jewellery, where jewellery made by traditional workers can be sold to people at fair prices.

Also, to help women from traditional gold worker families, they sought that the state introduce schemes to promote job works and spare parts manufacturing. “More than 200 women would benefit if a scheme of Rs 2crore is implemented,” the petition said.

“f the state sets up a co-operative and through that run a firm to give BIS certification for gold jewellery, women would benefit. This would ensure that people get quality ornaments and would bring down the prevalence of substandard jewellery,” it added.

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