Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to accept exporters demand, like extension of concessional credit scheme, when he presents the General Budget in Parliament tomorrow. While exports are showing healthy growth rate of over 29 per cent, exporters are hoping that Mukherjee would not roll back the stimulus as demand in the western markets are still fragile and uneven.
In its pre-Budget meeting, apex exporters body FIEO has also demanded that the income tax benefit available to Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Software Technology Park Units (STPIs) should be extended for another three years.
The benefits under EOUs and STPIs would expire on March 31.
The government provides 2 per cent interest rebate on export credit and the scheme is scheduled to expire on March 31.
India’s exports are likely to touch USD 225 billion during the current fiscal.