January 04, 2021: The All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), the national apex body of the gems and jewellery industry has appointed Mr. Ashish Pethe as Chairman and Mr. Saiyam Mehra as its Vice Chairman for a period of two years. The list of other newly elected directors of GJC has been uploaded on the company website www.gjc.org.in.
Mr Ashish Pethe has been closely associated with GJC. He was the Zonal Chairman West and would continue to handle this responsibility while being Chairman of GJC. Over the years, he has successfully conceptualized and executed innovative programmes for the benefit of the Industry. He has been instrumental in handling many burning issues like Hallmarking. He has spearheaded the National Jewellery Awards of GJC in 2020. After completing electrical engineering from VJTI and completing MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis, he joined his family firm at Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers. He has been associated with the Gems and Jewellery industry for the past 25 years.
Mr. Ashish Pethe, Chairman GJC, stated, “I am grateful to the Board and it is an honour to accept the responsibility of steering the national domestic council. We shall work closely with the Government and take up various issues facing the industry. In sync with Government’s policies, my first effort will be to transform and energize jewellers across India to bring more synergies within the indigenous industry. We shall strive to unite the entire industry and work towards achieving GJC’s set goal of One Industry One Voice. GJC will strive to inspire many more jewellers and their association to get more organized to be able to project a unified approach to policy changes. We also want to tackle current ongoing challenges related to Hallmarking, PMLA, and other issues such as the Banking sector’s hesitancy to provide loans to the G&J sector.”
The board also appointed Mr. Saiyam Mehra as the Vice Chairman. The new vice chairman is known for his vision to create benchmarks in gold and silver jewellery that reflects excellence in design and artistry. On his appointment, the board complimented his commitments towards innovations and visualizing future trends all these years and expressed confidence that he will continue to work for the benefit of the industry.
Mr. Saiyam Mehra, Vice Chairman, GJC, said, “It is my proud privilege to work for the growth of this pivotal trade organization and contribute my vision for the development of its member jewellers across the region. There is a need for the industry to become more organized and compliant. GJC will continue to create better and newer platforms for the industry”.
The entire e-Voting election process was conducted by an authorized independent person (Chief Election Authority), and the voting platform was created by a digital agency, both appointed by GJC. The electronic voting facility conducted hassle-free election of various panels & zones. The voting process was for 5 days starting from 23rd to 27th December, 2020. The results were declared on 29th December, 2020.