Chattisgarh:Rice exporters demand to extend tax relief on mandi fee

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Monday organised an export outreach programme in Atal Nagar Nava, Raipur, with the exporters and investors from the state to increase the exports from the Chhattisgarh.Exporters from Chhattisgarh have demanded that the 5% tax exemption of mandi fee on rice export — set to expire after two months — should be continued.They also demanded a concession on the export units for goods transport and modernisation of processing plants, as Chhattisgarh is a landlocked state.Raipur district collector Dr Sarveshwar Bhure said that pro-industry policies of the state have led to increase of more than 22% in the exports in the last five years. He said that special efforts are being made to promote the export of rice, construction machinery, and materials and processed spices from Chhattisgarh.Raipur and Durg district are among 75 districts of the country that have been identified as potential districts for export promotion by the government of India.Raipur district collector Bhure also emphasised on the possibilities of export of wire, rods, bars, coils, TMT bars, steel as well as forest produce tamarind, mahua, lac and small grain millets, Kodo, Kutki and Ragi.Representatives of the Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority, Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited attended the programme.

This article has been republished from The Times of India