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Textile sector hit by appreciation of rupee, Ministry of Textiles
16
Jul '09
There has been no appreciation in Indian rupee against US dollar during the period 2008-09 over 2007-08. In order to boost exports, arrest the impact of economic slow down and to improve liquidity, Government had announced two stimulus packages on 7th December, 2008 and 2nd January, 2009 to the domestic industry including textiles industry which inter-alia, provide for the following:-

i) Additional allocation of Rs.1400 crore to clear the backlog of Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) (further allocation of Rs.3140 crore in the Budget 2009-10 has been announced);

ii) All items of handicrafts included under 'Vishesh Krishi & Gram Udyog Yojana (VK&GUY)';

iii) Across-the-board cut of 4% in the ad-valorem Cenvat rate till 31.3.2009;

iv) Interest subvention of 2% upto 31.3.2009 subject to a minimum of 7% per annum on pre and post-shipment export credit (since extended to 31.3.2010 in the Union Budget 2009-10);

v) Provision of additional funds for full refund of Terminal Excise Duty/Central Sales Tax.

vi) Enhanced back-up guarantee to ECGC to cover for exports to difficult markets/products;

vii) Refund of Service Tax on foreign agent commissions of upto 10% of FOB value of exports as well as refund of service tax on output service while availing benefits under Duty Drawback Scheme;

viii) Credit targets of Public Sector Banks revised upward to reflect the needs of the economy;

ix) State Level Bankers Committee to hold meetings for resolution of Credit issues of MSMEs;

x) Guarantee cover under Credit Guarantee Scheme doubled to Rs. 1 crore with cover of 50%;

xi) DEPB rates restored to pre November, 2008 levels and extended till 31.12.2009;

xii) Duty Drawback on knitted fabrics enhanced retrospectively from 1.9.2008.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in the Rajya Sabha, in a written reply to a question by Smt. Hema Malini.

Minister of Textiles

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