More stimulus measures next week: Kamal Nath

December 11th, 2008 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The government will announce more stimulus measures next week to help sectors like engineering, textiles and agriculture beat the global downturn, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said here Thursday.There could be more refinance facilities for exports, which have taken a huge hit due to the slowdown, the minister said at a function.

“We expect exports in 2008-09 to grow between 16-20 percent. We will continue to have measures and the latest package is not the final one,” Kamal Nath said.

The government, in a fiscal stimulus package announced Sunday, slashed the central value-added tax (Cenvat) by 4 percent across the board to boost demand. This move has led to price cuts in auto, cement and textiles sectors.

The package has also earmarked an additional Rs.200 billion (Rs.20,000 crore) for infrastructure, industry and export sectors.

The Cenvat cut will entail a revenue loss of Rs.87 billion (Rs.8,700 crore) in the next four months for the government.

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