New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Customs department has launched a "special refund and drawback disposal drive" to prioritise processing of all refund claims of exporters.
Exporters, particularly those months SME segment, have been badly hit by COVID-19 pandemic as not only their production has come to a grinding halt due to lock down but several are also facing cancellation of their orders by overseas buyers.
Under the special drive launched by Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), all refund and drawback claims of exporters pending upto April 7 will be disposed within the current month. The drive shall be in place till April 30.
It is expect we'd the exporters have refund and drawback claims amounting to about Rs 10,000 crore. It's immediate refund is expected to provide much needed liquidity to exporters who are facing existential problems with several also looking to wind up operations.
The CBIC drive follows government announcement early we this week to issue all the pending income-tax refunds up to Rs 5 lakh, and all pending GST and Custom refunds. The decision for GST and Customs refund would provide benefit to around 1 lakh business entities, including MSMEs, a government statement had said.
CBIC has directed that officers of the level of principal commissioners and special commissioners to personally monitor the performance of the refund drive closely on a daily basis and suitably guide the officers convened to maximise the disposal without delays. However, the officers would be guided by all legal provisions, notifications, circulars and instruction while processing refunds.
All communication between officers and exporters would be done through email as part of efforts to minimise physical contact during COVID-19 pandemic.
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Locust Control Offices (LCOs) on Friday conducted control operations at 15 locations in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Union Agriculture Ministry said, adding that no crop loss was reported.
Locust control operations were conducted at 10 locations in districts of Jaipur, Dausa, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Barmer, Chittorgarh, Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan) and Niwari and Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh).
Besides, the Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Department also undertook control operations at 5 locations, one each in the Satna, Balaghat, Niwari, Raisen and Shivpuri districts.
As on May 28, a total of 377 spots covering 53,997 hectares have been covered since locust control operations started from April 11, the Ministry said in a statement.
Locust operations have been conducted in 11 districts of Rajasthan, 24 of Madhya Pradesh, three in Maharashtra, two each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and one in Punjab.
Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Secretary, Sanjay Agarwal on Friday organised a meeting, via video conference, with the Principal Secretary, Agriculture, of all the states and UTs, said the statement.
All the states and UTs were informed about the latest status and control of locust attack and an an advisory was issued in respect of locusts to all the states/UTs.
A letter was issued on Wednesday by the Union Home Secretary to the Chief Secretaries of all the states/UTs giving necessary instructions to streamline the inter-state movement facility for the personnel engaged in locust control works.
The MHA has included hiring of vehicles/tractors with spray equipment for spraying of plant protection chemicals for pest control, hiring of water tankers, and purchase of plant protection chemicals for locust control in this and the norms related to the quantum of assistance will be limited to the actual expenditure incurred on these items. However, expenditure should not exceed 25 per cent of SDRF allocation for the year, said the statement.
As per FAOs Locust Status Bulletin of May 27, several successive waves of invasions can be expected until July in Rajasthan with eastward surges across northern India as far as Bihar and Odisha, followed by westward movements and a return to Rajasthan on the changing winds associated with the monsoon. These movements will cease as swarms begin to breed and become less mobile. Swarms are less likely to reach south India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.