Odisha’s exports up 53% in 2013-14

Bhubaneswar: The State has recorded a growth of 53% with total export of worth Rs 18,780 crore during 2013-14 as against total export of Rs12,245 crore during 2012-13. The data came to forth at a meeting of the State-Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati at the secretariat yesterday.

The jump in figures was mainly due to export of non-mineral sectors like marine, metallurgical, electronics and software products. MSME secretary Panchanana Das pointed out that due to supporting export policy of the State government, 62% of the total export during 2013-14 has come from these four sectors.

Export of metallurgical products rose to Rs7,677 crore, marine products Rs 1,699 crore and electronics and software Rs 2,300 crore. The State exported products worth Rs 3,531 crore in engineering, chemical and allied sectors. Service sector like tourism has also added Rs 10 crore to the total performance.

Reviewing the ongoing projects and export performance, the chief secretary directed the officials concerned to expedite implementation of export supporting infrastructure development projects sanctioned under the Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities scheme.

At present, 10 such schemes are under various stages of implementation in the State, he added. The committee sanctioned two new projects in the meeting.

Among others, Industries principal secretary Sanjeeb Chopra and Steel and Mines principal secretary R.K. Sharma were present during the discussion.