New Delhi: India submitted the compliance report to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on December 14 last year over the trade dispute with the US over solar cells, stating that it has complied with the ruling of the multi- lateral trade body in this dispute, Parliament was informed today.
In 2015, India lost a case against the US at the WTO as the dispute settlement body of the organisation ruled that the country’s domestic content requirements under its solar power programme were inconsistent with the international norms.
Domestic content stipulation for solar cells and modules under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) programme was challenged in 2013 by the US in the WTO.
“After the WTO ruling that required India to remove domestic content stipulation for solar cells and modules in the programme, India submitted its compliance report to the WTO,” Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He said India stated in the report that it has complied with the WTO ruling in the solar dispute.
In a separate reply, he said the ministry has set up a system of grievance redressal through Twitter.
“The total number of grievances/queries received and responded from April 2016 till January 31 this year is 15,076 and 14,998, respectively,” he added.
He said that the grievances or queries mostly pertain to directorate general of foreign trade, Make In India, Startup India, trademarks, copyrights, Geographic Indicators and antidumping.