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Considering incentives for states promoting exports: Prabhu

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The commerce and industry ministry is mulling incentives for states which play a proactive role in promoting as it will help boost economic growth, said today.

He said he has sought the views of states on the issue, which was raised during the third meeting of Council for Trade Development and Promotion.

"We are thinking of ideas whereby we can incentivise the states which promote I have mooted this idea before the states and asked them to give their ideas on this," Prabhu told reporters here.

Trade contributes significantly in boosting the country's economic growth, the said.

If the of states rises, it would push the country's growth, he said, adding that the focus should also be on the districts' GDP, which in turn would fuel the nation's economy.

Prabhu said the ministry is in the process of preparing a strategy to promote overall and push the country's industrial growth.

When asked about the concerns raised by exporters in the meeting related to GST (Goods and Services Tax) refund, he said the issue was discussed and the ministry is working on an 'e-wallet' system to resolve the matter.

Before the implementation of the GST last July, exporters used to get ab-initio exemptions from duties. But now they have to pay first and then seek refund. Due to this process, the FIEO has stated that about Rs 1,85,000 crore will get stuck with the government.

Under the proposed system, according to Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), the problem of liquidity will be solved as exporters may use it like a running account where money will be debited from when duty paid supplies have to be undertaken and the amount will credited when the proof of is made available.

The other issues which came up for discussion during the council's meeting include role of foreign direct investment (FDI) in promoting and enhancing role of states to push shipments.

During the meeting, Prabhu said, suggested that all states prepare their export policies. So far, only 14 states including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and have done that.

FIEO suggested exemption from under the GST regime and transport subsidy to increase competitiveness.

The council was constituted on July 3, 2015, to ensure a continuous dialogue with states and Union Territories on measures for providing an international trade enabling environment, the commerce ministry said in a statement.

Members of the council also deliberated on creating a framework for making the states active partners in boosting

The state ministers of commerce and industry, secretaries of concerned central departments and heads of other export related organisations are the members of the council.

The country's merchandise during April-November 2017-18 increased by 12.01 per cent to USD 196.48 billion.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 16:56 IST