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New Delhi : Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister for State for Textiles Darshana Vikram Jardosh on October 24, 2021, reviewed the Amended Technology Up-gradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) with different Ministries, Departments ,Textiles Industry Associations, and Banks etc at the 5th Inter Ministerial Steering Committee (IMSC) meeting organized by the Ministry of Textiles.
They reviewed the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme to boost the Indian Textile Industry by enabling ease of doing business, bolstering exports, and fuelling employment. In addition to fixing the timeline for conduct of IMSC meeting quarterly to facilitate implementation , some of significant decisions to resolve pending issues and way forward included :
- Reduction of Compliance burden by accepting only single certificate from the bank concerned instead of multiple documents regarding evidence of payment for claimed machineries
- Rationalisation of GR related to cases of consortium finance
- Consideration of Standalone embroidery machines wef inception of the ATUFS.
- Facilitating Industry by providing Condonation of filing for UIDs to 1,795 pending cases besides the cases in which cut off dates fell during March 23, 2021, and October 22, 2021 (Covid Second wave period) with time line of its submission to Office of Textile Commissioner/iTUFS within 90 days ( i.e., total period for unit & banks ).
- Condonation for the submission of JIT request to 814 units besides the unit in which cut off date for submission of JIT request in post Covid-19.
Ministry of Textiles will simplify the procedure for Joint inspection using a calibrated approach to linking joint inspect to subsidy support size by reducing burden on bracket lower than Rs 50 lakh instead of present 100 %. Secretary ( Textiles) and Textile Commissioner will look into the modalities for simplification of enlistment of machinery manufacturers and accessories / spares parts manufacturers.
Speaking on the occasion, Goyal said that despite the hindrances during Covid-19 pandemic, Ministry and the office of Textile Commissioner have put serious efforts in resolving the policy constraints and settling of the claims. He mentioned that a special measure was introduced to ease liquidity flow in the industry by introducing an option for getting part subsidy released against Bank Guarantee.
Goyal noted with satisfaction that out of total settlements under ATUFS since inception, about 61% of claims have been settled during the peak of pandemic period i.e., in FY 2020-21. The Minister also suggested that Ministry and Textile Commissioner should rework the physical verification mechanism to automated verifications through Video Conferencing mode. He said provision for self certification of machinery by units and random verification by office of Textile Commissioner may be considered in place of present physical inspection.
ATUFS : Textiles Ministry had introduced Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) in 1999 as a credit linked subsidy scheme intended for modernisation and technology up-gradation of the Indian textile industry, promoting ease of doing business, generating employment and promoting exports. Since then, the scheme has been implemented in different versions.
The ongoing ATUFS was approved in 2016 and implemented through web based iTUFS platform. Capital Investment Subsidy is provided to benchmarked machinery installed by the industry after physical verification.
ATUFS was approved for a period from 2015-16 to 2021-22 with an allocation of Rs 17,822 crore (Rs. 12,671 crore for committed liability of previous versions of TUFS & Rs. 5151 crore for new cases under ATUFS).
The scheme is being administered with a two stage monitoring mechanism by Technical Advisory-cum-Monitoring Committee (TAMC) and Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee (IMSC). ATUFS is implemented through web based platform, iTUFS, according to a PIB release. Modifications carried out in scheme guidelines in 2018 and further streamlining of procedures have simplified the process for availing the subsidy under the scheme. In 2019, IMSC decided to introduce physical verification of machinery and computation of subsidy before releasing committed liability under previous versions of scheme (MTUFS, RTUFS & RRTUFS).