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'ATUFS to boost investment in textile sector'
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Jan '16
India Ratings and Research has welcomed the amended technology upgradation fund scheme (ATUFS), saying it would boost investments in the textile sector but cautioned that total benefits to companies may be lower.

"The total benefit to textile companies is likely to reduce due to the change in the nature, quantum and target segment for benefits under the scheme (ATUFS)," Ind-Ra said in a statement.

It said the subsidy would be largely capital based, a change from the earlier interest and capital base.

"The garmenting segment will receive a higher subsidy as compared to the other segments, while the overall quantum of subsidy appears to have reduced," the rating agency said.

By capping the subsidy amount, the benefits of the scheme have been channelised towards small to mid-sized enterprises instead of large companies, it said.

It said ATUFS stipulates only a capital subsidy, instead of the interest cum capital subsidy that was the norm under the earlier version of the scheme. This could be a setback for processors and weavers which enjoyed both capital and interest subsidy.

According to the statement, the new policy is particularly unfavourable for weavers since it reduces the capital subsidy and it also withdraws the interest subsidy.

As per the amended scheme, the subsidy amount is capped, which was not the case earlier. The capping of the subsidy implies that larger projects will be largely self-reliant, while providing higher support to small and medium enterprises.

"This is a setback for the large sized projects as it will reduce the subsidy benefit substantially for fresh capex by the larger players.

"While capping will help distribute the subsidy amongst a larger number of players, however, there is a possibility of break-up of larger projects into different entities to avail benefit under the scheme," Ind-Ra said.

It said India has the largest spinning capacity globally but only accounts for four per cent of the total global garmenting exports, indicating the need to build capacity in the value added segments.

On December 30, 2015, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs had cleared the ATUFS for the textile sector which is witnessing sluggish investments. Ind-Ra said the amended scheme is likely to give impetus to modernisation and scaling up of existing production facilities and for green field investments.

While industry exporters bodies have welcomed the ATUFS, small manufacturers have criticized it, saying it favours large companies with financial muscle. (SH)

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