India to host Dubai-like shopping festivals about gems, jewellery, textiles

Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman announced a host of measures to boost exports. Photo by the India Today. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Sep 15, 2019, India Today. India will soon start organising annual mega shopping festivals that will facilitate exchange between global producers and consumers, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday, reported the India Today.

Speaking about the plan, Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday that these “mega shopping festivals” will be held at four destinations across the country.

Sitharaman said the themes for these mega shopping festivals will vary from gems and jewellery, textiles and leather to yoga, among others.

Sitharaman on Saturday 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 $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.

(With PTI inputs)

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