Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra felicitates winners of the India Gem & Jewellery Awards

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) hosted the ‘India Gem & Jewellery Awards (IGJA)’ 2014, its first event for year 2015 that recognised and rewarded star performers of the Indian gem and jewelery sector, in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Devendra Fadnavis.

GJEPC’s IGJA has become one of the foremost recognition platforms for the jewellery sector in India to encourage exports and award excellence in manufacturing, finance and innovation.  The jury members, who selected the winners include: Smt. Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director (India & ME), GIA, Mr M Narendra, former CMD, Indian Overseas Bank and Mr. Pawan Bindal, Director, Dun & Bradstreet.

Gracing the award function, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Devendra Fadnavis stated, “The winners of IGJA are the real gems who have given the much needed boost and taken the industry to the next level. I’m glad to see the industry progress internationally and wish it expands in Maharashtra as well”.

Congratulating the winners and industry for their participation, Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said, “The India Gem and Jewellery Awards recognizes the business leaders across categories. Hon’ble Chief Minister’s prompt consideration & assurance towards resolving gem & Jewellery sector challenges such as bank guarantee for VAT , lending licence to ABN Amro, Convention centre in Mumbai, are much appreciated by the trade. GJEPC is committed to support the state Government in planning a roadmap to overcome challenges faced by the Industry  and help drive the exports from the state of Maharashtra.”

He adds, “GJEPC has added new categories honoring women entrepreneurship, CSR initiatives and innovations undertaken by nominees, besides extending segmental awards to include small and medium businesses”. Colin Shah, Convenor, IGJA says, “The India Gem and Jewellery industry is a classic example of ‘Make in India’. And the India Gems & Jewellery Awards aims to boost this passion and excellence in the trade.”

As every year, this year too, the selection process followed a rigorous methodology and judging criteria based on a proprietary quantitative model developed by D&B and an independent jury consisting of senior members from Dun & Bradstreet, Indian Overseas Bank and GIA to select the final winners.

IGJA 2014 was sponsored by GIA, co-partnered by Malca Amit JK & Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd. and knowledge partner was D & B. Keeping the pursuit of community welfare on, GJEPC launched its own CSR platform – “Jewellers of Hope” that’s supports an NGO every year. In the first year, the Council was able to contribute `1cr.to Make a Wish Foundation.