DGFT Current Affairs - 2020

ACC Approves extension of Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi as DGFT

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the extension of Senior bureaucrat Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi by over 3 months, in central deputation as Director General (DG), Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Key Highlights

A. V. Chaturvedi is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre. He was given extension beyond 18 June 2019 and will now continue up to 30 September 2019, the date of his superannuation or until further orders whichever is earlier.

Appointments Committee of Cabinet: The ACC decides appointments to top posts under Government of India (GoI). It is composed of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi who act as the Chairman of ACC and Union Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah.

Directorate General of Foreign Trade: It is agency of Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It is responsible for administering laws regarding foreign trade and foreign investment in India and for execution of India’s import and export Policies. It provides a complete searchable database of all exporters and importers of India.

Govt extends ban on import of milk products from China for 4 months

India which is the largest producer and consumer of milk has extended the ban on import of milk products from China for 4 months. The ban would continue till 23rd April 2019 as per the notification issued by the Ministry of Commerce.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), an arm of the commerce ministry which deals with the norms related to exports and imports of the country in a statement has said that “Prohibition on import of milk, milk products (including chocolates, chocolate products, candies, confectionary food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is extended for a further period of four months, i.e. till April 23, 2019, or until further orders”.

Why the Ban?

The ban was primarily imposed due to the concerns about the presence of melamine in some of the milk consignments from China. Melamine is a toxic non-edible chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers. Even though India does not import milk products from China, the ban is imposed as a preventive measure.