Government may extend interest subsidy scheme for exporters by 3 years

Government may extend interest subsidy scheme for exporters by 3 years
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Government is expected to extend the interest subsidy scheme for exporters for 3 years to help boost overseas shipments that have been in the negative zone since last December.

Government is expected to extend the interest subsidy scheme for exporters for 3 years to help boost overseas shipments that have been in the negative zone since last December.

The ministries of commerce and finance are discussing the issue and their decision is likely to be sent soon to the Union Cabinet for approval, sources said.


There were some issues regarding the time period but that was resolved and the government may extend the scheme for three years, they said. Under the interest subvention scheme, exporters get loans at affordable rates. Loans at subsidised rates will help exporters boost shipments as the country's exports have been in the negative zone during the past seven months.

The interest subvention scheme of 3 per cent ended on March 31 last year. Hit by global slowdown, India's exports contracted for the eighth straight month by 10.3 per cent in July to USD 23.13 billion, pushing the trade deficit to USD 12.81 billion. The last time exports registered a positive growth was in November, when shipments expanded at a rate of 7.27 per cent.

Federation of Indian Exports Organisation is demanding to extend it retrospectively from April 2014. Cost of credit is important for exporters as they are facing stiff competition from countries such as Bangladesh and Vietnam, FIEO has said. Earlier, eight sectors including handicrafts, handlooms, carpets, sports goods, and few engineering products were availing the benefit of this scheme.

The Commerce Ministry is taking several steps to boost exports, which have been hovering at around USD 300 billion for the last four financial years. It is involving states in pushing the shipments. It has also taken steps towards promoting ease of doing business in order to reduce transactions cost for exporters. High growth in exports would help boost manufacturing activities and overall economic growth.
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