Rice exporters feel ignored in budget

KARACHI: Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) on Friday. showing disappointment over federal budget for fiscal year 2014-15, said that rice export sector was completely neglected in the budget despite government promises.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, Senior Vice Chairman of REAP Chela Ram Kewlani said that rice export industry was the 2nd largest earner of foreign exchange for the country but this industry had been ignored in the budget.

“REAP had given some proposals including One Window Operation for the benefit of rice export sector but none of them were included in the budget,” he regretted.

He said that rice exporters were badly affected by the fluctuation of dollar exchange rates and after several meeting with Commerce and Finance Ministries, the government had assured them that rice exporters would be compensated in the budget but the promise was not fulfilled.

Kewlani said that rice exporters were waiting for some favourable steps from the government but they were disappointed to see the budget. He said that REAP members had also not getting their sales tax refunds since long.

He further said that rice exporters were facing serious law and order situation in Karachi while attitude of officials of several government departments such as FBR, EOBI, Social Security and Market Committee was not good with rice exporters and they were facing injustices of these officials.

Kewlani demanded of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to play his role for giving relief to the rice exporters.

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