CHENNAI: Welcoming the Budget, Shri Ujwal Lahoti, Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) said, "The Budget is pragmatic, growth oriented and all inclusive".
The Government had approved a comprehensive textile sector package of Rs. 6000 crore in 2016 to boost the apparel and made-up segments.
The Budget has provided an outlay of Rs. 7148 crore for the textile sector in 2018-19. Shri Lahoti expressed hope that the increased funds allocated for the textile sector will cover fabrics also under the ROSL scheme.
The Budget has increased the financial outlay under the comprehensive textile sector package for apparel and made ups from Rs. 6000 crore to Rs.7148 crore. This will promote exports and production in these two labour intensive sectors, according to Shri Lahoti.
The Government will contribute 12 percent of the wages of the new employees in the EPF for all the sectors for next three years.
The reduced income tax rate of 25 percent allowed to companies who have reported turnover up to Rs. 250 crore in the financial year 2016-17 will greatly benefit the micro, small and medium enterprises, pointed out Shri Lahoti.
With regard to export marketing, the Department of Commerce will be developing a National Logistics Portal as a single window online marketplace to link all stakeholders. This is a positive step as it will provide marketing support to the small and medium-sized exporters besides reducing transaction cost, said Shri Lahoti.