ANI reported that Engineering Export Promotion Council India Chairman Mr Arun Kumar Garodia raised key issues of payment problems with Russia, removal of 15% export duty on stainless steel and inclusion of steel in RoDTEP scheme in a meeting with Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Mr Piyush Goyal. Among key suggestions, EEPC India requested to withdraw the 15 per cent export duty on stainless steel and alloy steel items as the duty had significantly affected engineering exports. It was also recommended to include the steel sector under RoDTEP as steel is the most widely used raw material in the engineering industry EEPC India Chairman also flagged the issue of Sberbank charging a higher exchange rate than the market leading to rising in transaction costs. He also pointed out that UCO Bank was only dealing with customers who have accounts with them and therefore proposed to make the rules flexible. Mr Garodia also pointed out that there are about 12 or 13 small Russian banks which are not on the sanctioned list, and they are transferring the payments from the Russian side to the Indian exporters' Banks in USD. He further added that public sector banks like Bank of India, Union Bank of India, etc are crediting the payments to the exporters' accounts and giving the Bank Realisation Certificate. While appreciating the steps taken by RBI for facilitating Rupee-trade with Russia, EEPC India has called for issuing proper guidelines so that private sector banks and some PSU banks like Canara Bank are made to accept Russian payments and credit to exporter's Bank Accounts and give BRC.