MARAN ANNOUNCES SETTING UP OF COMMITTEE TO REORIENT DGFT ROLE TO ENSURE GREATER TRANSPARENCY
Date : 10 Sep 2002
Location : New Delhi
Shri Murasoli Maran, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, today announced the setting up of a 3-member in-house Committee to reorient and further fine-tune the functioning of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the light of the present liberalised trade regime by simplifying and eliminating layers of decision making, wherever required, in order to ensure greater transparency. Inaugurating the 2-day meeting of DGFT Port Officers here this morning, Shri Maran indicated that the Committee, headed by Shri P.P. Prabhu, former Commerce Secretary, would include Shri Shyamal Ghosh, former Telecom Secretary and Shri S. B. Mahapatra, Textile Secretary (both former DGFTs). Elaborating on the objectives of the Committee, the Minister said that it would aim at "making the process speedy, simple and transparent and making it more export-friendly so that even an inexperienced village artisan can export without difficulties and bureaucratic impediments". Shri Dipak Chatterjee, Commerce Secretary and Shri L. Mansingh, DGFT were present on the occasion along with Shri Anup Pujari, Additional DGFT and other senior officers of the DGFT organisation including the Port Officers. Describing the 2-day interaction as a part of a mid-term analysis of the current Exim Policy with a view to sustaining and further accelerating exports, Shri Maran said that on the basis of the trends so far he was confident that the export growth target of 12% set for the current year 2002-03 would be achieved.
Shri Maran emphasised that the Port Officers had a key role to play in attaining the country’s trade goals and in the implementation of all export promotion measures, including schemes such as like Assistance to States for Infrastructural Development for Exports (ASIDE) which seeks to actively involve the State governments in export promotion. Referring to the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) Scheme as a critical area, the Minister complimented the Port Officers for having successfully implemented the one-day licensing scheme and added that the next step would be on-line payment and use of digital signatures to mark the successful culmination of computerisation of the entire gamut of operations of the DGFT. He further assured that Port Officers would be consulted while formulating the Exim Policy.
Shri Mansingh pointed out that the basic objective of the 2-day meeting was to take stock of the implementation of the current Exim Policy and also to go through all the parameters of trade through Ports by way of simplifying procedures so as to achieve the target of doubling the country’s exports by the year 2007. He assured that the DGFT would strive to achieve the export target set for the current year. Shri Mansingh described the Port Officers as the operating arm of the Ministry and informed that this mid-term interaction would henceforth be a regular feature.