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Apparel exporters meet PMO to voice concerns over GST

Requested extension of pre-GST benefits till March

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

Apparel exports

Apparel exporters' concerns over the goods and services tax (GST) were broached in front of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), as representatives meeting officials on behalf of the insisted on the extension of rebate on state levies (RoSL) and a Both demands were pitched for a temporary period until issues related to the new tax regime are sorted out. 

The almost half-an-hour meeting saw issues such as the problem of 'invisible' or hidden taxes being raised in front of officials. Representatives claimed there were taxes that were not subsumed under GST, thereby, adding to the overall cost of dealings.

Industry players feel that these issues need to be addressed immediately, otherwise, the industry will be headed towards a complete shutdown.

"Trade is going through a major crisis. We need the government to extend the and till March 31, 2018. We have also told officials to help us in getting our refund amount," said Ashok G Rajani, chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC).

Rajani, who attended the meeting and briefed the government officials on the pressing issues facing the industry, felt the government may consider the proposed measures.  
Following the meeting, the Drawback committee was directed to go through tax details shared by the representatives. The committee has been reportedly asked to work on them and submit the final figures by Monday.

The meeting was attended by PK Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary at the and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.
Friday's meeting comes after of ready-made fell by nearly 41 per cent in October.

Refunds for and drawback charges are not provided as the government claims that these have already been subsumed under GST- a claim that is contested by the industry.

On the one hand, we are hit by and on the other front, the appreciation of Indian rupee is also hurting us, said Rajani.

First Published: Fri, November 17 2017. 19:15 IST