NEW DELHI :
The federal government has sought product-wise particulars of low-cost imports, comparability with home costs and tax drawback, if any, from business to curb low high quality inbound shipments particularly from China and enhance home manufacturing, sources stated.
They stated a excessive degree assembly to debate methods to advertise Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India), together with lower in import dependence from China, additionally happened lately within the Prime Minister’s workplace.
Trade was requested to ship feedback and recommendations on sure variety of items and uncooked supplies imported from China, which embrace wrist watches, wall clocks, ampoules, glass rods and tubes, hair cream, hair shampoos, face powder, eye and lip make up preparations, printing ink, paints and varnishes, and a few tobacco gadgets, one of many sources stated.
The opposite particulars sought embrace import surge information between 2014-15 and 2018-19; home costs of comparable items which are made right here, home capability, imports beneath free commerce agreements, and inverted obligation subject, if any.
An business supply stated that they’re making ready their views on all these merchandise and would quickly ship to the commerce and business ministry.
The train to cut back and curb imports from China assumes significance within the wake of border tensions between the 2 international locations.
China accounts for about 14 per cent of India’s imports and is a significant provider for sectors like cell telephones, telecom, energy, plastic toys and significant pharma substances.
The federal government has lately put import restrictions on tyres, whereas additionally making its prior approval necessary for international investments from international locations that share land border with India to curb “opportunistic takeovers” of home corporations, following COVID-19 pandemic, a transfer which is able to prohibit FDI from China.
Throughout April 2019-February 2020, India imported items price USD 62.four billion, whereas exports to the neighbouring nation stood at USD 15.5 billion in the identical interval.
The principle items imported from China embrace clocks and watches, musical devices, toys, sports activities items, furnishings, mattresses, plastics, electrical equipment, digital tools, chemical substances, iron and metal gadgets, fertilisers, mineral gasoline and metals.
India has repeatedly raised considerations over widening commerce deficit with China which stood at about USD 47 billion throughout April-February 2019-20.