New Delhi : With restrictions on gold imports leading to rise in smuggling, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has pitched for relaxing gold import duty as it is ‘badly’ hurting the gems and jewellery industry. “As a Commerce Minister, I would want the gold restrictions to go away because gems and jewellery industry have been worried that a sector which is potentially so powerful is suffering because of the gold import policy,” she told PTI.        The minister said that gems and jewellery industry contributes significantly to the country’s total exports.

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