NEW DELHI: The nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts sector, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has welcomed the initiatives announced by the GST Council recently.
The GST Council in its 22nd meeting have given certain relief for the Industry so that transition to GST regime can be further smoothened and momentum of exports growth from the Country can be regained.
O.P. Prahladka, Chairman, EPCH welcomed the initiatives taken by the GST Council, however, he added that Handicrafts Sector should have been given rate cuts on handicraft items and also job work on Handicrafts to have been reduced to 0 percent.
He further said that by taking these initiatives the Government has given clear message that it is acting on the exporters concerns. Rakesh Kumar, ED, EPCH said that exporters are breathing a sigh of relief by announcement of series of steps to reduce the payment and compliance burden of goods and services tax (GST).
He further added that, while most exporters see their liquidity and cash crunch issues getting resolved due to easier procedural requirements, others are looking forward to a further reduction in GST rates.
The Handicrafts exports during the year 2016-17 was Rs.24,392.39 crores with overall 13.15 percent increase in comparison to last year. However, the exports of handicrafts during six months of the current financial year 2017-18 is Rs. 12520.32 crores.