“Ben­e­fits to in­dus­try should be in pro­por­tion to its ca­pa­bil­i­ties to gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment”

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The cheers went up when Amitabh Kant clearly sec­onded the opin­ion that gar­ment ex­porters needed im­me­di­ate steps to get them out of the cur­rent dead­lock. He agreed that long-term poli­cies to make the in­dus­try com­pet­i­tive could fol­low, but at the im­me­di­ate phase to cre­ate pos­i­tive signs, it is im­por­tant to re­solve the is­sues, like blocked taxes and re­fund of GST, and ex­change rate-re­lated con­cerns to bring back the ap­parel ex­port and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor on a growth path from consistent by de­clin­ing trends. “There has been a re­duc­tion in the ben­e­fits to the in­dus­try postGST roll out and we are look­ing at ways through which we could bring it at par with the rates preva­lent in the pre­vi­ous regime. For the ben­e­fit of the In­dus­try, Cen­tral and State levies should be re­funded and Govern­ment should work with the in­dus­try to re­solve this is­sue,” said Kant.

With a strong mem­ber­ship base that ex­ceeds 8,300 mem­bers, AEPC is con­sid­ered one of the most in­flu­en­tial coun­cils for ex­port de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. Over the last few years, the coun­cil has been un­der fire for not dis­charg­ing its role in a free and fair man­ner. Many RTIs have been filed against the Coun­cil and change has been ini­ti­ated with the Coun­cil EC mem­ber­ship's vot­ing now con­ducted through EVS. The in­dus­try at large still looks upto the Coun­cil for lead­er­ship and guid­ance and it is now for the Coun­cil to win back the con­fi­dence of those section of ex­porters who feel that the AEPC is only watch­ing the in­ter­est of large ex­porters while a ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers are left to fend for them­selves.

There has been a re­duc­tion in the ben­e­fits to the in­dus­try post-GST roll out and we are look­ing at ways to bring it at par with the rates preva­lent in the pre­vi­ous regime.

(L to R) Sud­hir Sekhri, Amitabh Kant, H.K.L. Magu and V. Anil Ku­mar Vasu Pil­lai on the dais at the Foun­da­tion Day cel­e­bra­tion

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