New Delhi: Recording nearly three-fold rise, India's gold imports increased to $4.95 billion in May. According to the Reserve Bank, the precious metal's imports saw a surge initially on account of seasonal and festival demand but subsequently due to stockpiling in anticipation of the goods and services tax (GST) rollout.
Gold imports stood at $1.47 billion in May last year, as per official data released today.
Silver imports too jumped to $442.9 million in May from $39.54 million in the same month last year.
India is the world's second biggest gold consumer after China. The imports mainly take care of demand by the jewellery industry.
At present, gold import attracts 10 per cent duty. The gems and jewellery industry along with the commerce ministry has time and again urged the finance ministry to consider a cut in the import duty.
The current account deficit (CAD) soared to $3.4 billion, or 0.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, from $0.3 billion a year ago.
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