Mamata Banerjee requests customs duty exemption for Gobindobhog rice from PM Modi.
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting a 20% customs duty exemption for Gobindobhog rice, like Basmati.
- Banerjee wrote that the Centre’s 20% customs duty on premium rice varieties like Gobindobhog had hurt exports.
- “Unfortunately, the Government of India has imposed a 20% customs duty on rice, as a result of which the export business of the premium ‘Gobindobhog’ variety has been badly affected with a negative impact on the demand and domestic price of the paddy, and hence on the income of farmers,” Banerjee wrote in her two-page letter to Modi on Wednesday.
- In October 2017, gobindobhog was granted geographical designation.