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Gujarat demands waiver of Customs duty on import of ship

Posted on Jan 17, 09:36PM | UNI

Gujarat finance minister Nitin Patel today urged the Central Government to consider waiver of Customs duty on import of ship and bring it at par with import of melting scrap.

While speaking at the pre-budget meeting convened by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to obtain ideas and suggestions from state governments in New Delhi today, Mr Patel said that the current economic scenario needs a strong vision for sustained growth. Financial self-reliance of the states needs to be strengthened so that they continue to contribute to India's GDP, he noted.

He said that Gujarat has taken a leap forward in the inter-basin transfer of water by constructing Sardar Sarovar dam and its associated canal system. Planning Commission has recently approved the revised cost of the project at the level of Rs 39,240 crore. 'With the completion of the project, additional irrigation potential to the extent of 12.96 lakh hectares would be created particularly in drought-prone desert areas. The state government should get financial assistance under the programme,' he added.