(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Many Indian expatriates in the sultanate have been disappointed with the Government of India's new rule banning duty-free import of flat screen television sets. From August 26, LCD, LED and plasma televisions brought as passenger baggage will invite 35 per cent duty plus additional charges.
Many Indian expatriates had planned to take flat screen televisions home during the holidays later this year. Sathiaja Remesh, a nurse and pharmacist said, ''It is very sad news. I had planned to gift a 40'' LED TV to my son this Christmas. Till date, I have taken two flat screen TV sets for family and friends in Kerala but sadly I won't be able to carry any more due to 35 per cent duty imposed by the Indian government.''
Echoing her sentiments, Mohammad Kaleem, a businessman, said, ''I don't welcome this decision. Televisions, mobile phones and laptops available in Oman are the latest ones as they are launched along with those in Korea, the US or Europe. Electronic items available here are also of better quality compared to those available in the Indian market. Prices of electronic items in India are always on the higher side due to taxes.''
Kaleem added that he had planned to take a 55'' LED TV but his hopes have been dashed. ''The price difference won't be much after paying 35 per cent duty in India. I hope to buy one set in India now.''
Mohammad Shaffir, a driver said that he had planned to buy two LED TVs in the coming days. ''One of my friend's sister is getting married in December. Some of his friends had pooled in money to gift her an LED TV. Now, we need to decide whether we can go ahead with the plan.''
According to Venu Gopal, general manager, information technology, Bhacker Shipping, ''The Indian government's decision to ban free import of TVs to stem the rupee fall won't be of much help. It's true the Indian economy is not doing well, but this is just a short-term measure to solve the pro