The tax foregone - customs duty and central excise duty including rebate - under the SEZ scheme was Rs 10,440 crore in 2013-14.

It was Rs 9,363 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 8,153 crore in 2011-12, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

As per the SEZ Act and the rules, SEZ units and developers are eligible for customs, central excise and service tax exemption on procurement of raw materials for manufacture of finished goods meant for exports as also duty free procurement of capital goods.

The minister also informed that the government has provided incentives under -- Vishesh Krishi and Gram Udyog Yojna, Focus Product Scheme, Focus Market Scheme and Served from India Scheme -- to boost overall exports.

Under these schemes, it has provided incentives worth Rs 15,537 crore, Rs 11,865 crore and Rs 8,610 crore in 2013-14, 2012-13 and 2011-12 respectively.

Similarly, Rs 21,799 crore were disbursed in the last financial year under the duty drawback scheme. It was Rs 17,422 crore and Rs 12,331 crore in 2012-13 and 2011-12 respectively.

"The benefits provided under various schemes have facilitated the exports from India and made them more competitive," Sitharaman said.

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