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CRAFTCIL


                   May-June 2017
                      Editor
                   Rakesh Kumar
               Executive Director, EPCH
                Printed & Published by
                   Rakesh Kumar
                    on behalf of         Chairman’s Message
           Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts

                    Published at
            EPCH House, Pocket 6&7, Sector C,
            LSC, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 70  Dear Fellow Exporters,
                 Tel: +91 11 26135256
               Fax: +91 11 26135518/19   As we step into the GST regime I would like to inform you all that your Council has
                E-mail: mails@epch.com   already taken up your concerns with the various Government Departments and
                 Website: www.epch.in
                                         made its represenation with an earnest request to exempt handicrafts from GST.
            Compilation & Presentation: EPB*
                                         EPCH led an industry representation to the Office of Hon'ble Union Finance Minister,
             Production: Chapakhana.com
                                         Mr. Arun Jaitley in October 2016. The GST Council has set up a sectoral group for
              Advertising: Shreya Comnet
              Tel: +91 11 22246094, 64631211  handicrafts sector headed by Mr. Pradeep Goel, Commissioner, CBEC, to understand
              Email: advtcraftcil@gmail.com
              *Establishments Promotion Bureau  the concerns of the sector. EPCH made a presentation before the sectoral group and
                                         submitted a detailed memorandum at its first meeting. We also met with
           CRAFTCIL is an in-house journal of the
              Export Promotion Council for  Mr. Hansmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, Govt. of India and Mr. Anant Kumar Singh,
            Handicrafts (EPCH). The contents of  Secretary Textiles, Ministry of Textiles.  Thereafter a delegation met Mr. Rajpal Singh
          CRAFTCIL are collated for the benefit of
           its members and the views expressed  Shekhawat, Minister of Industries, Govt. Enterprise, Govt. of Rajasthan, briefed him
            may not necessarily be those of the  about issues that the handicrafts sector may face in the GST regime and suggested
            Council or the Publishing Agency.
                                         possible solutions for the same. We also met Mr. Tanmay Kumar, Principal Secretary
          Material appearing in CRAFTCIL cannot
            be reproduced without the prior  to Chief Minister of Rajasthan and discussed our industry's concerns with him. We
             permission of EPCH in writing.
                                         are hopeful that issues and problems related to our sector would be properly
                                         addressed and relief be given.
          Inside this issue...
                                         EPCH continues its guidance & hand-holding initiatives towards Vriksh Timber
           In Focus
                                         Legality Assessment & Verification Scheme. I take pleasure in sharing that your
           Textile India .................. 4
                                         Council's initiatives to reach out to artisans and entrepreneurs in the country's
           GST ................................. 7
                                         manufacturing hubs and craft concentration areas are being well-received. Our
           Feature:                      recent seminars and workshops have drawn good attendance and participation.
           Top 100 Furniture Stores
           in USA ......................... 12  While many of us have begun preparations for the IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2017,

           Impex .......................... 24  some are enthusiastically looking forward to the first edition of Textiles India,
                                         scheduled at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
           Strategy.......................... 26
           News Briefs..................... 28  My best wishes for a successful and fulfilling show.

           Events in India ............... 29  I look forward to your valuable suggestions. Do write in to me at
                                         chairman@epch.com.
           Events Overseas ............ 36
           Canton Fair
           Yiwu Imported Commodities
           Fair
           INDEX Dubai
                                         (O P Prahladka)
           Global Indian Festival
                                         Chairman, EPCH

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