AHMEDABAD: Gujarat government hit back at Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, saying Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that Centre was taxing export of cotton while offering subsidies on meat export was correct.
A statement issued by government spokesperson and Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said: “Chief Minister’s heart- rending statement that Centre is taxing exports on cotton while it offers subsidy for meat export is true.”
After Modi’s statement at a rally last week, Sharma had written to him, saying that “I was shocked that a Chief Minister of a large state had made an unwarranted statement without ascertaining the facts”.
Vyas said today that “we challenge the Union Minister on the letter he has written to the Chief Minister Narendra Modi.”
” UPA government, on April 9, 2010, had levied an export duty of Rs 2,500 per tonne on cotton and later on April 19, 2010, totally banned cotton exports…Will Mr Sharma deny the fact that Congress government had levied export duty of Rs 2500 on Cotton in 2010?
“As to the subsidy on meat export…the Central Government’s arm APEDA is giving 30 per cent subsidy on meat export in the name of transport subsidy,” Vyas said.
“This subsidy was on till March 31, 2012…process is going on to continue this subsidy for this year also.
“Many enlightened residents and dairy cooperatives have raised their voice against such subsidy to meat exporters saying that this policy was responsible for decrease in numbers of milk-giving animals,” Vyas said in the statement.