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Referring to news appeared in media that excise duty on branded garments may return, South India Garments Association (SIGA) said excise duty was once imposed in 2002. Considering the negative impact on industry, it was later removed in 2004. The duty was again re-imposed in 2011. Within a year, it was again exempted in the central budget in 2012. Negative impact on the industry forced the government to roll back twice, the association said.

Both the time delegation headed by SIGA had given detailed presentation to union finance department and textile department on hassles & problems attached to garment manufacturing, nature of fashion driven industry, complexities of excise law amendments and modifications in excise law for garment sector  Mr. Anurag Singhla, Secretary, SIGA, said.

Still, definition of branded garments is not yet underlined by the government. There is no specific definition of what constitute a brand for garment ‘mere’ attaching a label does not make garment a branded one. A men shirt of MRP Rs. 250 with label falls under excise net while a ladies salwar suit or other outfit of Rs 2000/- not attached to a  label or without brand name does not fall under the  purview of excise duty net. Just because garment is not attached to a label. Such Branded garment definition leads to steep unhealthy business practices, Mr. Singhla said.


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