Chennai: Union Government would unveil by the end of next month a set of reforms aimed at benefiting Special Economic Zones and Export-Oriented Units (EOUs), Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said here on Saturday.

"The Department of Commerce is trying to make life simpler for you (SEZs and EOUs)...Definitely by next month-end or so, you could see some changes in procedures and norms. We are now at the last stages of the reforms," he said giving away the Export Excellence Awards.

According to him, some of the ideas that would figure in the reforms are -- modification of rules, processes and procedures that will make it easier for SEZs to do business and also for units in SEZs to do business.

Noting that the whole effort by the department was not to try for any radical change, he said, "The reforms will require clearances from certain Union Ministers. Once it is done, it is my responsibility to put whatever is there in the policy in the public domain".

Expressing satisfaction over the functioning of companies and EoUs in SEZ, he said SEZs in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka contribute about 80 percent of India's exports.

He praised the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh Governments for "pushing" entrepreneurs to set up shop in SEZs.

Some of the sectors, particularly the engineering and chemicals division, have become increasingly competitive in the last five to seven years.

It may be recalled that the interest in SEZs have been waning of late.

This is due to the imposition of Minimum Alternate Tax and the decision to do away with tax sops for these tax free enclaves by 2014.

(Agencies)