Increase in imports of all commodities (including sensitive items) registered a lower growth of 18.4 per cent to Rs 2,85,305 crore during the period from Rs 2,40,966 crore in the first ten months of the previous financial year 2002-03.
According to an official press release, imports of sensitive items constituted only 4.8 per cent and 5.1 per cent of gross imports during last year and the current financial year, respectively.
Rubber and alcoholic beverages recorded a sharp increase of 164.5 per cent and 121.8 per cent, respectively, during the period. Edible oil, cotton & silk, fruits & vegetables, milk and milk products, products of the small scale sector and items in the other products category, too, registered an increase.
Imports of spices and tea & coffee, showed a decline at broad group level during the period.
Imports of sensitive items from Indonesia, Malaysia, Argentina, the United States, Egypt, Thailand Cote DIvoire, Guinea Bissau, Benin and Japan went up while the sensitive items import from Czech
Republic, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Mozambique and Australia showed a decline.