October 21, 2020

India could begin exporting ventilators: Commerce and business minister Piyush Goyal

New Delhi: Commerce and business minister Piyush Goyal on Monday stated India may quickly begin exporting ventilators citing decrease requirement and use in comparison with earlier projections of the life-saving machines.

“There may be not a lot requirement of ventilators… even people who have been projected earlier, aren’t getting used. We could begin exporting ventilators,” Goyal stated at a digital occasion of the Retailers’ Chamber of Commerce & Business, Kolkata.

He stated the nation has added extra ventilators within the final 4 months than have been added within the final 73 years, and that there have been 11,000-15,000 ventilators within the pre-Covid days.

“We recognized new producers and the present ones have been requested to extend capability,” he stated.

On the problem of export promotion, Goyal stated that the federal government is redrafting and renaming the NIRVIK (Niryat Rin Vikas Yojana) scheme that seeks to offer enhanced insurance coverage cowl and cut back premiums for small exporters. A renewed EFC be aware has been despatched to the finance ministry that would embrace service provider exporters as effectively.

The scheme can also be referred to as the Export Credit score Insurance coverage Scheme (ECIS) underneath which the insurance coverage assured may cowl as much as 90% of the principal and curiosity. At current, the Export Credit score Assure Company gives credit score assure of as much as 60% loss.

“We’re redrafting it in the direction of reinsurance in order that ECGC can independently deal with it,” he stated.

Goyal stated he’ll take up with the finance ministry the problem of dangerous exporters to place in a course of by means of which if exporters share their information, they’ll come out of the dangerous exporter listing and every thing could be put in public area.

Dangerous exporters are seen as suspicious by the customs division for claiming their obligation disadvantage and IGST refunds on the idea of bogus invoices and their consignments endure guide checking earlier than their claims are refunded.

He additionally requested business to turn out to be whistleblowers on this regard.

The minister additionally stated that he had urged a Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme for numerous export schemes comparable to Export Promotion Capital Items (EPCG) and Advance Authorisation however lack of information on estimating the income loss is hindering it.

“Finance (ministry) is prepared for such a scheme,” he stated.

Goyal stated he would additionally take up the problem of e-wallet, to handle the capital blockage of exporters, with the finance ministry.


At a separate webinar, Goyal stated Indian buyers have to play a larger vital position in offering funds to home start-ups.

“In reality personally, I really feel our Indian buyers have to play a way more vital position in offering funds to our start-ups. Most of our prime quality profitable good start-ups are getting offered to overseas corporations and the chance taking means in India must be promoted much more to help our start-up ecosystem,” he stated.

The minister added that there are “nonetheless some extra initiatives that should be performed for ease of doing enterprise, for guaranteeing larger diploma of participation of banks and lenders to the start-up ecosystem” as it’s the authorities’s duty to make issues simpler for start-ups, hand holding them with simpler compliance and exit processes, and measures which can assist the start-up ecosystem “take wings”.