UPASI hails Goyal decision on RCEP, presses for commodity import restriction

COONOOR, DEC 14

United Planters Association of South India (UPASI) has hailed the Government of India’s decision not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)-an apprehension raised by trade bodies particularly UPASI. The decision of the Government was based on the assessment of earlier trade agreements and their impact on the Indian economy.

Following the decision, UPASI president Mr. AL.RM Nagappan, President led a delegation comprising Mr.Cherian M.George, Executive Committee Member of UPASI, Mr.R.Sanjith, Secretary-UPASI, Mr. Anand Jayakumar, HML and Balu G Nair met MrPiyushGoyal, Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Railways on December 9 and submitted a detailed representation on the issues concerning the plantation sector.

UPASI delegation pressed for increasing the outlay for the commodity boards to meet the requirements of developmental schemes, increasing the orthodox tea production incentive as it has more export potential, and the one-time special grant to the commodity boards to clear up the pending dues to the South Indian plantations.

Further, the issue pertaining to Rule 7B(1) of Income Tax Rules, 1962 which pre-empts the coffee growers to move up the value chain, need to reduce chicory content in coffee-chicory mix to 30%, white stem borer attack in coffee plantations and the need for focused research in this aspect, re-assessment of standard input output norm on natural rubber imports, and the large scale pepper imports taking advantage of trade agreements were highlighted by the UPASI delegation.

According to Mr. Nagappan, the Minister Pyush Goel assured that the UPASI’s request will be looked into and assured that demands will be examined and the standard input output norms will be re-visited based on the proper assessment on the actual input use requirements. V. Muraleedharan, MoS, External Affairs who facilitated the meeting was also present.

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