Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS) has recommended imposition of duty on imports of solar cells for a period of 200 days, Parliament was informed.
Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla informed the Lok Sabha that the preliminary findings have been submitted to the standing board under the commerce secretary. Safeguard duty is imposed to protect domestic players from steep rise in imports of a product.
Shukla in a written reply to the House said that the directorate has initiated safeguard investigations in December last year. (Read Delhi Budget 2018: Govt proposes to encourage renewable energy initiatives)
“The preliminary findings dated January 5 have been submitted to the standing board on safeguards recommending imposition of provisional safeguard duty on the imports of solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels for a period of 200 days,” he said.
The standing board is headed by commerce secretary. The final decision to impose the duty is taken by the finance ministry. (Read Indian tea plantation goes greener embracing solar power)
The minister said that imports of solar cells from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan account for more than 90 per cent of the total inbound shipments in the country.
Since the provisional duty recommendations exempts the developing countries except China and Malaysia, there would still be countries like Vietnam and Thailand from which the imports can be carried out, he added.