The Ministry of Trade and Industry completed the process of winding up the Tariff Commission, which had lost its usefulness and was no longer needed under the liberalized regime, within two months of the three-month cabinet term. month.

On March 30, the cabinet approved the ministry’s proposal to disband the commission. He had ordered the ministry to complete the liquidation process by June 30.

According to a memorandum from the office of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the liquidation exercise was completed on May 31.

An official said the move was to promote the ease of doing business.

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The Tariff Commission dates back to pre-liberalization times when it was known as the Tariff Commission and advised on measures to protect domestic industry.

It was established in 1951 with statutory powers by converting the Tariff Commission into this commission to suggest changes in the customs duties of all goods, actions in connection with the dumping of goods and to undertake suo moto studies.

Immediately after the directives of the trade union cabinet, a follow-up meeting of the relevant officers of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Tariff Commission (TC) was held and all the tasks that needed to be carried out for the completion of the liquidation process were recorded on April 12.

“Each task was given a target date in consultation with TC officers and responsibility was assigned to TC and DPIIT officers for the individual task. Review meetings were held at ministerial level (every fortnight); Secretary, DPIIT (weekly); DPIIT Co-Secretary (bi-weekly), the official added.