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Commodity market participants seek FM's intervention over shrinking volumes

The Commodity Participants Association of India (CPAI) has met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought her immediate intervention and policy support following a sharp decline in the volumes of exchange-traded commodities.

Commodity market participants seek FMs intervention over shrinking volumes

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 April 2021 5:47 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: The Commodity Participants Association of India (CPAI) has met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought her immediate intervention and policy support following a sharp decline in the volumes of exchange-traded commodities.

During the meeting, the CPAI representatives tabled their concerns pertaining to current challenges and hurdles that the industry is facing, which are contributing to diminishing liquidity on Indian commodity exchanges.

The CPAI has sought the Finance Minister's intervention on three key issues — amending IGST Act owing to the challenges faced by market participants while delivering or receiving goods at the designated centres, rationalising the peak margin requirement to maintain market depth and turnover, and rationalising cost of transactions.

Commodity markets' average daily turnover (ADT) has shrunk further by 27 per cent between February and March 2021. Equity markets have also seen a sharp fall of 19 per cent in ADT in this period, while equity futures volumes are down by 14 per cent. (IANS)

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