India hikes import tax on gold by 50 percent - official

NEW DELHI Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:46am EST

NEW DELHI Jan 21 (Reuters) - India on Monday hiked import duty on gold to 6 percent from 4 percent effective immediately, a finance ministry official said on Monday, in a bid to cut down ballooning current account deficit.

The news sent gold futures higher by a percent.

The duties will be reviewed if there is a moderation in gold imports, Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram told reporters.

(Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury; writing by Siddesh Mayenkar; editing by Anurag Kotoky)