Centre snubs Shiv Sena

UNI
Monday, 24 July 2017

New Delhi: The Government on Monday strongly rejected its ally Shiv Sena's statement that the people had been devastated by demonetisation and the GST and they were on the road, saying that there was no basis for reaching to this conclusion.

New Delhi: The Government on Monday strongly rejected its ally Shiv Sena's statement that the people had been devastated by demonetisation and the GST and they were on the road, saying that there was no basis for reaching to this conclusion.

Replying to an observation from Shiv Sena member Arvind Sawant in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, ''There was nothing that establishes that people were on the road following the note ban and implementation of the GST.'' She said all steps were being taken to address the problems being faced by small and medium industries, but admitted that the banks did not understand the credit needs of these industries, and the issue was being addressed.

Replying to another question, Sitharaman assured the House that the interest of India's pharma and dairy industry will be protected in all international negotiations. The Minister said negotiations were going on with China with regard to the access of Indian companies to its market and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken up the issue with the country.

On a question of some industries suffering because of unfair tariff practices by some countries, Sitharaman said the Directorate of Foreign Trade would address the issue and details were shared with it, and if necessary duties will be levied to protect Indian industries. However, on the whole, she said India's exports had maintained positive growth during the last six months as compared to exports of the corresponding months in the previous year. 

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