FM announces Rs 50,000 cr export incentive scheme

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman today announced a new scheme — Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Product (RoDTEP) — to incentivise exporters at an estimated cost of Rs 50,000 crore to the exchequer.

The announcement comes in the backdrop of India’s merchandise exports declining by 6.05 per cent to USD 26.13 billion in August compared to the year-ago month.

The minister also said there will be a fully automated electronic refund route for input tax credits (ITC) in GST. This will be implemented by the month-end. The move, she added, is aimed at quick and automated refunds of ITC.

She said RoDTEP will replace the existing incentive schemes and “will more than adequately incentivise exporters than the existing schemes put together”. The minister said the revenue foregone towards the scheme is projected at Rs 50,000 crore.

Sitharaman said her ministry is taking strong measures for improvement of credit outflow from banks and revival of growth and uplift of consumer sentiment.  Transmission of interest rate cuts being effected by banks,  Sitharaman added.

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