On February 10, the Textile Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani held a meeting with Mr. Najeeb Shah, Chairman, Central Board of Excise & Customs & Mr Dinesh Gupta, Director (Drawback) and Ministry of Finance regarding the issue raised by the Carpet Exporters for damaging carpets by the Port Authorities for price determination, composition etc. meant for exports. Also present at this meeting were Smt. Rashmi Verma, Textiles Secretary, Smt. Pushpa Subrahmanyam, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Shri Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Mr Sushil Gaikwad, Addl. Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) were present, Mr Umer Hameed, Member COA and ensuing 2nd Vice-Chairman, Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC); Mr Shiv Kumar Gupta, Executive Director, CEPC and Mr Nirmal Kumar Guin, CEPC.
According to the CEPC sources, at this meeting, the Textiles Minister apprised the officials of Finance Ministry that due to cutting of carpets, the carpets are damaged and the exporters cannot realize the value of their carpets which discourage them for exports. They face other relevant problems also in exports. Accordingly, Mr. Najeeb Shah assured the Minister that a mechanism in consultation with the Textiles Ministry can be worked out for price verification and composition etc. so that cutting of the carpets meant for exports shall be avoided. After discussing the matter with the above officials the Hon’ble Textile Minister stated that for price determination and composition etc. there shall be no cutting of the carpets meant for exports and the port authorities can seek assistance of the O/o. the Textiles Committee, Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Bhadohi
Later, Mr Mahavir (Raja) Sharma, Chairman, CEPC; Mr Abdul Rub, Vice-Chairman, CEPC; Mr Umesh Kumar Gupta, Member COA and other CEPC industry leaders welcomed the above initiative of the Textile Minister for resolving the long pending demand of this industry.