Gold demand in India, the world's biggest buyer of the yellow metal, was subdued on Tuesday as banks were closed and prices were barely changed to attract jewellers and investors.
As of 3:22 p.m., the most active gold contract for April delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) was 0.02 per cent higher at Rs 30,181 per 10 grams.
"Prices are steady. If they fall below the Rs 30,000 level, we can see higher demand, especially from jewellers," said an official with a Mumbai-based jewellery exports firm.
India's domestic bond and currency markets are closed on Tuesday for a banking holiday.
The rupee plays an important role in determining the landed cost of the dollar-quoted yellow metal.
In overseas markets, gold rose for a second straight session on Tuesday, buoyed by strong physical buying in Asia after traders in China returned from a week-long break.
India's government may further raise import duties on gold or put a cap on purchases in a bid to rein in the current account deficit in the 2013/14 budget, an official with the biggest state-run gold importer MMTC said.
The silver contract for March delivery on the MCX was 0.07 per cent higher at Rs 56,255 per kg.
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