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India to appeal against WTO solar ruling

US had dragged India to World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the issue in 2014

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 20 2016 12:47PM | Updated Date: Apr 20 2016 12:47PM

India to appeal against WTO solar ruling

India will appeal against WTO committee's ruling that the country's power purchase agreements with solar firms were "inconsistent" with international norms, in couple of days. 

 
February ruling came  after a  US complaint before the global trade body alleging discrimination against American firms. 
 
“Next few days," said Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal when asked by when the country will be appealing against the decision. 
 
Rulings of dispute settlement panel can be challenged in  WTO's appellate body. 
 
"We have found some 16 programmes in US where states are giving support to their domestic manufacturers," he told a news agency on the sidelines of an event hosted by CII in London. 
 
He was of the view that this would support India's case. 
 
US had dragged India to World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the issue almost two years back, alleging that the clause relating to domestic content requirement (DCR) in country's solar power mission was biased in nature and "nullified" the benefits accruing to American solar power developers.