Bikky Khosla | 05 Oct, 2021
Merchandise exports in September rose to $33.44
billion, higher by 21.35 percent Y-o-Y, according to official date released
last week. In the quarter ending September, exports registered $101.89 billion.
In the first six months of the current financial year, exports touched $197
billion. These figures are encouraging, particularly in the background of the
export target of $400 billion for the financial year. Meanwhile, there are more
good news for the sector.
The Centre on Wednesday approved
capital infusion of Rs 4,400 crore to the ECGC. The investments will be made
from FY2021-2022 to FY2025-2026. This will increase underwriting capacity of ECGC
to support more exports. This move is encouraging as ECGC’s products support
around 30 percent of India's merchandise exports. These days, while there is
exports growth, growth in export credit is not that encouraging, and we hope
better days ahead.
In another positive development, the
Centre approved continuation of the National Export Insurance Account scheme
with infusion of Rs 1,650 crore over 5 years. Experts point out that this
infusion in the form of grant-in-aid will help project exporters to tap huge potential
of project exports in focus markets. The corpus will enhance the underwriting
capacity of the Trust and as a result it is expected to boost projects exports
and domestic manufacturing in a big way.
In yet another encouraging development,
the government extended the timeline
of Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme till March 31, 2022.
Under the scheme, relief has been extended to over 1.15 crore MSMEs and businesses till
now and as on 24th
September 2021, loans sanctioned have crossed Rs. 2.86 lakh crore.
Also, the last date of disbursement under the
scheme has been extended to June, 2022. These are welcome developments.
I invite your opinions.