Digital-signature requirement tests Mumbai goldsmiths’ skills

MUMBAI: They can work intricate designs in gold but a digital signature–mandatory for GST compliance–is beyond the capabilities of Mumbai’s many goldsmiths. In south Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, which handled 65% of the country’s gold trade till a decade ago, the chief concern now is to make the artisans GST-compliant.

“These workers are highly skilled but most are barely literate. For them, raising a bill and making it GST-compliant will be a huge challenge,“ said Nitin Khandelwal, president, All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF).

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