Minister Suresh Prabhu sought to
dispel the charge of some developed countries that India subsidized its exports
and said the government was merely trying to mitigate the adversities of the
exporters, which did not tantamount to subsidizing of exports from India,
specifically farm products.
"It is a misconception that we subsidize our exports. We are fully WTO
compliant and not at all violating those", Prabhu said at a chat session
organized jointly by Shefexil and a leading business daily on July seventh.
He said that the Developed OECD countries were giving more subsidies to their
farmers, particularly in the export of agriculture products.
Talking about agriculture exports, he said when India exports its agriculture
products to other countries; those importing nations deter themselves from
subsidizing those items. The Minister said. it was important to provide market
access to the farmers for which the highest standard of safety was needed to
overcome the non-tariff barriers (NTBs).
The government was already working on a draft agriculture policy to double
farmers' income, he said. "The commerce department is already working on
the development of standards. The standard in the Western countries is very
high ", he said adding that if the highest standard was not adhered to, it
would be difficult to do exports, he added.
Mr.Prabhu also said that the ministry was also
working on preparing an integrated logistics plan to reduce costs and increase
speed and efficiency. Earlier speaking at a CII event, he said that the
ministry was preparing separate plans for the manufacture of drones and planes
in the country.