Key takeaways from FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s  press conference; export, housing in focus

* India will host Dubai-like shopping festivals across 4 destinations

* Sitharaman made the announcement on Saturday as a measure to boost exports

*These festivals will be about gems & jewelry, textiles etc

India will host “mega shopping festivals” in four destinations across the country and will soon start organizing 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.

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.


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