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Crisis: India plans package for exporters

Source: PTI
November 17, 2008 18:22 IST
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With India's exports getting dented in the troubled US and European markets, the government on Monday said it is working on a fiscal package for exporters and reviewing the target of $200 billion for this fiscal.

"There is a slowdown in the economies in the western world; so there is bound to be slowdown in exports. The Prime Minister's Committee (set up to handle the global crisis) will review this. We are looking at various measures that can help sustain exports," Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath said.    

Concerned at the spill-over from the turmoil in India's two biggest markets -- the US and Europe -- the Commerce Minister said, "I am reviewing it to see whether our target will be met or not. Till now, we are on track; but the next five months will determine whether targets (will be met)."

While the Commerce Ministry is pitching for a total tax waiver for exporters, both at the Central and state levels, a decision on this will be taken by the committee chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "We are working on the package ... there are many areas that need to be addressed," Nath said.

He said there was a case for refunding taxes and levies to exporters so that they can compete in the world market, marked by price under-cutting by exporters from other countries which back them.

"We are going to see how the level-playing field can be provided to our exporters, which means totally waiving duties and taxes," Nath said.

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