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Rethink on solar duty

New Delhi, June 10: The commerce ministry is likely to reconsider its decision to impose anti-dumping duties of up to $0.81 per watt on solar cells imported from the US, China, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei as it will jeopardise India’s negotiations with the US on trade.

“The imposition of such duty would have an adverse effect on the solar power production in the country and the quantum of solar cells production is not enough to meet the demands of the sector. We requested the commerce ministry to reconsider the decision and they have assured to look at it favourably,” government sources said.

The power ministry has asked the commerce ministry to reconsider the decision to impose anti-dumping duties on solar cells.

The Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) had last month proposed such duties to protect domestic producers.

The recommendation made by the DGAD has not taken effect as it needs to be vetted by the finance ministry, which has three months to take a decision.

However, if the commerce ministry reviews it, the proposal may not even go to the North Block.

Addressing the first joint sitting of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee said the aim of the government would be to “substantially augment” electricity generation capacity through a judicious mix of conventional and non-conventional sources.

The government will also work towards expanding the National Solar Mission.

 
 
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