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13-July-2018

Sanjay K. Jain, Chairman, CITI thanked Finance Minister, Amit Mitra for exempting eWay Bill for movement of goods in relation to all types of Job Work.

Jain stated that this decision will bring immense relief to thousands of MSME units operating in the Textile, Garment and Hosiery Industry from a lot of paperwork and make things easier for the unorganised job working segment who were finding it very difficult to comply with E-Way Bill requirement for movement of goods intra State.

Jain further stated that this is a very important and big step towards Ease of Doing Business for the MSME businesses. Earlier in another proactive movement, the Government had raised the E-Way Bill limit from Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000 which had again brought great relief to MSME Sector.

He also welcomed the announcement made by the Minister for Urban Development in the Inaugural Session of Kolkata Garment Expo 2018 that a 9 lac square feet garment complex is being planned by the Government in Nungi. The Minister further added that a flyover to access this area is also almost ready. Jain said that such a move will give a big impetus to the Industry.

He further added that Bengal has the potential of leading the next big growth in the Garment Segment which is the largest industrial employer in the country and is the best bet for inclusive growth as women are employed in a big way by the Garment industry. He also added that our neighbour Bangladesh exports almost double of India, hence no reason why Bengal with support of the Government cannot take the Big Leap Forward. He said Bengal has it all, we just need to get the pieces properly set in the jig saw puzzle. He has requested the Minister to come out with a robust textile Policy at the earliest as the old policy expired in March 2018.

He also thanked Commissioner, State Tax, WB Smaraki Mahapatra and Sr Joint Commissioner, Khalid Anwar for their support, understanding and guidance in this matter.

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