The Rubber Board informed that the increasing trend in rubber production in the country continues and the production of natural rubber (NR) during the month of December 2016 shows an increase of 12 percent as compared to the production during the same period the year before. Production during December 2016 is 65,000 tonnes whereas it was 58,000 tonnes in December 2015. Total production in the current fiscal up to December is 4,93,000 tonnes whereas it was 4,40,000 tonnes in 2015. This also shows an increase of 12.05 percent. There had been a decreasing trend in the production of NR for the last few years owing to suspension of tapping in holdings, climate change and shortage of tappers. The steady increase in production can be attributed to the initiatives taken by the Board at field level, including mass contact programmes to improve production and productivity. The Board has also started distributing the arrears of rubber plantation subsidy due to rubber growers.
Rubber Board has developed an online system for applying for licences issued to manufacturers, dealers and processors as well as for filing returns. This system, as a part of the ongoing e-governance programme of the Board was launched by Mr. A. Ajith Kumar IAS, Executive Director, Rubber Board today. The solution named ‘RUBIS’ had been deployed at the web address www.rbegp.in. This can also be accessed from the website of the Board. From now onwards, all applications for licences as well as returns have to be filed online through this website and the print out, along with supporting documents has to be sent by post. Rubber cess and licence fee can also be remitted online. Paper licences have been discontinued and the applicants have to download the digital licences after approval. The genuineness of those digital certificates can be verified online using the Unique Certificate Number (UCN) and barcode provided.
Licence holders who are yet to complete the one-time user registration process may complete it at the earliest in order to apply for and download licences or for filing returns.
Mr. MN Omanakumar, Deputy Director (Excise Duty), Rubber Board will be available at Board’s Call Centre from 10 am to 1 pm on 30 January 2017 to clarify the doubts regarding this system. The Call Centre number is 0481 - 2576622.