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The department of revenue has promised to refund tax claims of exporters within seven days under the new GST regime, thus addressing a major concern of the sector, Commerce and industry minister Nirmala sitharaman said today.

The minister also said that exporters would get interest on the refund if it is delayed beyond two weeks.

Exporters have been demanding an in into exemption from payment of taxes under the goods and services tax consultant in India (GST) regime arguing that delay in refunds often takes months and also results in blocking the working capital. They also stated that exports need to be encouraged in view of the global slowdown. The minister recently raised the issues of exporters in the GST council meeting.  The concern of the exporters was that the refund should not take too long, She told reporters after chairing the meeting of the council for trade development and promotion here today.

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