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           •   GST on foreign agency commission earned by         EPCH delegation meets Union Minister for Textiles,

           Buying Agents :The services rendered by buying agents
                                                                  Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, update her on GST related
           should be treated as Export of Services where commission is
                                                                  issues of handicrafts sector
           received in foreign exchange and should be subject to zero
           rate GST.
           •   Rate of Duty Drawback :Tax incidence is being offset by

           way of grant of duty drawback to the exporters, lower rate of
           drawback when input tax credit is availed and higher rate of
           duty drawback when input tax credit is not availed on the same
           lines as available currently in the Drawback Schedule to be
           made to the exporters.

               Mr.  Pradeep Goel, Commissioner, CBEC, heard the
           suggestions placed before him and assured that the sectoral
           group would consider the genuine requests of the Handicrafts
           sector and relief to the sector would be provided through
           necessary amendments.  He informed that the sectoral group
           will be visiting the major craft clusters in the next 20 days and
           would be meeting the handicrafts stakeholders across the
                                                                  Hon’ble Union Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani being greeted
           country to take the feed back so that the same can be placed
                                                                  by Mr. O P Prahladka, Chairman, EPCH and Executive Director,
           before GST Council.
                                                                  EPCH, Mr. Rakesh Kumar
                Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH, reiterated that
           in order to educate member exporters on various aspects of  Council’s representation on GST reaches out
           GST, the Council has conducted seminars across various craft
                                                                  to concerned Govt. departments in Rajasthan
           clusters and a one day training program on GST has also been
           organised at New Delhi, providing complete hand-holding
           support to the handicrafts exporters so that the transition for
           exporters is smooth into the GST regime. Similar one day
           training programmes will be held across the craft clusters.
           Mr. O P Prahladka, Chairman, EPCH,  said that EPCH is hopeful
           that issues and problems related to handicrafts sector would be
           properly addressed by the GST Council and relief be given to
           the sector.  „


                                       EPCH conducts a one
                                       day training program on
                                       GST, providing complete    The EPCH delegation with Mr. O P Prahladka, Chairman, EPCH;
                                       hand-holding support to    Mr. Lekhraj Maheshwari, Member, COA, EPCH;  Executive Director,
                                       handicrafts exporters for  EPCH, Mr. Rakesh Kumar; and industry representatives from Jaipur,
                                                                  Jodhpur, Barmer, Bikaner, met Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat,  Minister of
                                       a smooth transition into
                                                                  Industries, Govt. Enterprise, Government of Rajasthan  and briefed him
                                       the GST regime
                                                                  about issues that the handicrafts sector may face in the GST regime and
                                       17th June 2017; Rajiv      suggested possible solutions for the same. The delegation also met
                                       Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan,  Mr. Tanmay Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Rajasthan
                                       New Delhi                  and discussed GST related issues with him.


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