We have done nothing wrong: MNRE
Reacting to the news of the US government challenging India in the World Trade Organisation over the ‘domestic content requirement’ under the National Solar Mission, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has said that India has not violated any WTO rules.
Our stand has been that this is ‘government procurement’ and therefore, it is ok, Tarun Kapur, Joint Secretary, MNRE, told Business Line today.
Further, the quantum of solar capacity that requires domestically produced solar modules is very small. Today, India has 1,200 MW of solar photo voltaic capacity. Another 1,000 MW is under construction and a further 2,000 MW is under tendering processes. “Of this 4,200 MW, capacity for which the domestic content requirements apply is very small,” Kapur said.
“We honour our WTO commitments. We also have to look after out domestic industry,” he said.